Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers to Super Bowl after an excellent season in 2019. Only 14 months later, the San Francisco 49ers traded major capital to move up to the 3rd on the draft board. The 49ers have been open about drafting a QB at 3. However, RB Raheem Mostert believes Jimmy G could still be his QB in 2021.
The San Francisco 49ers essentially gave up their future to draft a QB in this year’s NFL Draft, a move that sent shockwaves through the league. They traded 3 first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the 3rd pick on the Draft board. And Jimmy G’s future in San Francisco has been in question ever since.
Filed to ESPN: Dolphins trading No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 12 pick, a 2021 third-round pick (SF’s comp pick for Robert Saleh hiring) and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, per sources.
Blockbuster deal with massive ramifications for years to come. pic.twitter.com/nRLMUaWGo5
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021
Miami has traded the #3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers, via @AdamSchefter
Who are they targeting in the NFL Draft at #3? pic.twitter.com/FdEP05afME
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 26, 2021
Raheem Mostert will “ride with” Jimmy Garoppolo
“Hey look, that’s my quarterback until otherwise, you know, and that’s who I’m going to ride with,” Mostert said Tuesday on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “And that’s how the players feel … When it comes to the business side, a lot of players don’t have the ins and outs. They don’t know anything.
And that’s the case for me right now. I don’t know whose future, you know, is going to be in jeopardy in San Francisco. I don’t know if we’re going to make that trade for Deshaun [Watson], who knows, you know?”
“The only people that know are the front office and the GM and the owner and the head coach, you know? But this league is changing and it’s crazy, man, to see, you know, all the mobile quarterbacks out there,” Moster said. “But hey, like I said, I’m still riding with my quarterback and that’s number 10. He’s going to get the job done for us, and that’s what we believe in.”
October 31, 2017: The 0-8 49ers trade for Jimmy Garoppolo
October 31, 2019: 49ers beat Cardinals and improve to 8-0
Jimmy G is 14-2 as their starter 😎 pic.twitter.com/dxLg1HzLKB
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 1, 2019
Garoppolo was great in 2019, but with another injury-ravaged season in 2020, his durability has been in question by many. He started only 6 games in 2020, throwing for 7 scores and 5 interceptions. The 49ers went 3-3 in that span which was a disappointment in comparison to their 13-3 record in 2019
QB Rankings for 2020:
1. Patrick Mahomes
2. Lamar Jackson
3. Russell Wilson
4. Carson Wentz
5. Deshaun Watson
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Kyler Murray
8. Dak Prescott
9. Drew Brees
10. Tom Brady
11. Kirk Cousins
12. Ryan Tannehill
13. Jimmy Garoppolo
14. Jameis Winston
15. Jared Goff
— Kansas City Media (@KansasCityMedia) February 17, 2020
Despite the new QB that will join his team, Mostert believes Jimmy G will be the starter for 2021. The 49ers organisation has also been transparent about not wanting to trade Jimmy G. This leaves the door open for a rookie to learn under the veteran in the initial part of the campaign and eventually take over as the starter.