Rich Eisen is confident that the 49ers will select a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Disgustingly confident, even.
He demonstrated that conviction on the Thursday episode of “The Rich Eisen Show” when he received a question asking what the chances were that San Francisco would draft a non-quarterback at the position — such as LSU receiver Jamarr Chase or Florida tight end Kyle Pitts — to support quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Eisen responded by asking the caller what their most “unwashed” article of clothing was. Answer: an unwashed, sweaty sweatshirt.
“So let’s take that sweatshirt. If the 49ers on draft night choose a player other than a quarterback, I want you to send that piece of clothing to me. And I will eat it. I will consume it on ‘The Rich Eisen Show’ the following Monday. That’s how sure I am that the 49ers are drafting a quarterback third overall and that they did not trade all that draft capital up for a player to support James Garoppolo.”
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To be fair, evidence seems to point toward the 49ers moving up for a quarterback. After all, you don’t trade a 2021 third-round pick and first-round picks in 2022 and ’23 to move up nine spots for a receiver or tight end. Even if they were completely sold on Chase, Pitts or Alabama’s DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle, it’s likely at least one of them would have been available at the No. 12 spot on draft night.
The question then becomes what quarterback San Francisco will select with their new position. Mac Jones has become a popular choice, but the consensus is that coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch will select among him, Justin Fields and Trey Lance.
Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer projects the 49ers to take Lance with the third overall pick (and for Fields to go eighth overall to Carolina and Jones to go ninth overall to Denver). He ranks them as third-, fourth- and fifth-ranked quarterbacks, respectively, after Trevor Lawrence (No. 1) and Zach Wilson (No. 2).