Analysis | NFL mock draft: Where the first-round QBs will land after the 49ers traded up : Five quarterbacks are projected to be drafted in the first half of this year's first round.
The San Francisco 49ers’ trade to acquire the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft raises some fascinating possibilities. Most likely, the 49ers moved up to take a quarterback. That could lead to three quarterbacks being drafted in the first three picks, which has happened only twice in NFL history. If the Atlanta Falcons then take a quarterback with the fourth overall selection or another team trades up to do so, the NFL would have four quarterbacks go in the first four picks — something that has never happened. The timing of the trade was fitting, as it took place Friday when Zach Wilson was holding his pro day workout. The Brigham Young quarterback is increasingly being projected as the second overall pick by the New York Jets, which could mean the 49ers’ choice comes down to Alabama’s Mac Jones and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.