The 2021 NFL Draft order has seen a radical shake-up. Two major trades on Friday 26th, March rocked the landscape of the 2021 NFL draft, and many drafts to come.
Firstly, the San Francisco 49ers acquired the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from the Miami Dolphins. In return, the Dolphins received the 49ers 12th overall pick in the 2021 draft, a third-round pick that reporters believe is for the 2022 draft, and two future first-round picks.
The Dolphins took the extra ammunition and immediately traded back up in the 2021 draft. The Dolphins traded the newly acquired 12th overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the sixth-overall selection and a fifth-round pick this year. In return, the Eagles also receive a fourth-round pick in 2021 and a 2022 first-round pick from Miami.
San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins & Philadelphia Eagles Shake up 2021 NFL Draft With Trades
The 49ers catapulting themselves from 12th overall all the way up to number three in the upcoming draft is the headline grabber here. The team is adamant they will not trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. However, it’s clear no franchise would make such a dramatic trade if they were not targeting a quarterback in this situation.
Trevor Lawrence is the presumptive number one overall pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars in April’s draft. The New York Jets could very well take a quarterback with the second overall pick as well. The 49ers must be confident in their scouting reports on all of Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance. Without knowing which of the three will be available to them speaks volumes as to how they feel about this quarterback class.
Miami General Manager Chris Grier was the busiest man of the day. The third overall selection Miami traded away was originally part of the Laremy Tunsil deal with the Houston Texans in September 2019. The Dolphins are still in a good position to take one of the best wide receivers on the board at sixth overall. Now they also have an extra third-round pick and a future first-round selection.
The Eagles meanwhile reportedly also attempted to trade up to number three, targeting a quarterback. Realizing they had been priced out by the 49ers, the Eagles have shifted focus. General Manager Howie Roseman is now looking to build around 2020 second-round Jalen Hurts at quarterback. Roseman instead ensured more talent will be coming through the doors in Philadelphia.
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