ESPN’s Adam Schefter does not think Jimmy Garoppolo gets traded by the San Francisco 49ers ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Schefter reported that many teams have inquired about the 49ers quarterback, but as of Thursday morning, it does not seem like San Francisco will be dealing him ahead of the draft. One team that may have been in the market to trade for Garoppolo was the team who drafted him in the second round out of Eastern Illinois back in 2014: The New England Patriots. For now, Garoppolo is a 49er.
Are the 49ers making the right decision by hanging onto Garoppolo throughout the draft process?
San Francisco 49ers: Adam Schefter believes Jimmy Garoppolo will not be traded
Even if the 49ers do not trade Garoppolo at any point during the NFL Draft, he still has decent trade value heading into the summer. By waiting to see how other teams address their quarterback needs in the draft, San Francisco will have more information to make the best decision possible for the franchise. A lot of this hinges on who they need up taking at No. 3 as well.
If San Francisco selects Mac Jones out of Alabama, it might necessitate Garoppolo being traded sooner, as Jones is seen as the most pro-ready quarterback of the three the 49ers could take at No. 3. Should San Francisco pick Justin Fields out of Ohio State or Trey Lance out of North Dakota State, there is a chance Garoppolo is the Week 1 starter, as those two prospects need some time.
Schefter’s report may signify the 49ers are not done with Garoppolo just yet as their quarterback.