Sources: Niners feared Pats commerce up for Jones

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One of many many causes the San Francisco 49ers traded as much as the third total spot on this yr’s NFL draft was their perception that the New England Patriots might commerce as much as No. 3 and beat them to Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, league sources advised ESPN.

San Francisco needed to place itself to pick out a quarterback for the longer term and believed there have been a number of worthy candidates. However the 49ers additionally have been involved that the Patriots would leapfrog them within the draft and place themselves to pick out Jones earlier than San Francisco might.

The 49ers thought-about the well-documented relationship between Invoice Belichick and Nick Saban and knew that New England was doing legwork on the quarterback prospects within the draft. The Niners additionally believed on the time that Jones was the prospect the Patriots recognized as their potential quarterback of the longer term.

This perception contributed to the Niners finishing the late-March trade that despatched three first-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins to maneuver as much as the No. 3 spot, which gave them the chance to draft Jones or another quarterback they deemed worthy in that slot.

San Francisco finally determined Trey Lance was its most well-liked quarterback, and Jones wound up with New England on the fifteenth decide anyway — with out the Patriots having to give up any further compensation.

Jones will start New England’s season opener Sunday in opposition to Miami, whereas Lance will function San Francisco’s backup to Jimmy Garoppolo in opposition to the Detroit Lions.