John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan certainly put some pop into the normally ho-hum activities of the second week of Free Agency last week, trading two number one picks and a third to move up from the number 12 pick to the number three, where they will select a QB that will define their careers – for good or bad.
It was a bold move, but in the oft-quoted words of Bruce Arians, “No risk it, no biscuit.”
The move also puts current QB Jimmy Garoppolo firmly on the Alex Smith NFL career path. A guy who wins everywhere he goes, but always gets replaced by a guy with more upside intangibles. It worked once (Mahomes), but failed the other time (Kaepernick). We’ll see how Washington fares this year on Smith’s third push out the door.
Meanwhile we’ve still got another month to go which will be filled with endless speculation about which QB the 49ers will draft. Most observers think it will be Ohio State QB Justin Fields. And if it turns out to be Alabama QB Mac Jones there will be much head scratching and a vociferous amount of booing outside the Niners’ draft room. And if Jones turns out to be the second coming of Joe Montana all the booers will deny they ever raised a discouraging word. Plenty of goo for future blogospherians, one way or the other.
To some extent the guy the Niners pick will depend on whom the Jets pick at draft spot number two. This puts former 49ers’ DC and current Jets HC Robert Saleh in the situation of being a guy who picked the wrong QB if the one the Niners take has more success. Statistically speaking, looking at other drafts where three QBs went in the first three spots, not all of the QBs, or even any of them, will turn out to be excellent pro players.
The only thing for certain at the moment is that we can finally disperse the Kirk Cousins Bandwagon that has lingered at the edges of the kingdom since the day Shanahan arrived. Peace out, Kirk.