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Dolphins and 49ers agree to blockbuster trade including 3rd overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft

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The San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins have struck a huge trade. The 49ers will receive the third overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Dolphins receive an incredible amount of Draft capital in return.

There are plenty of Jets implications I see from this deal.

  • I think it was true before the trade, but the deal should all but end any hopes for a best of both worlds scenario where they can both trade down and land the quarterback they want in the first round. We can take to the bank that the 49ers will pick a quarterback third overall. A trade like this can easily be interpreted as a sign teams will be very aggressive seeking out quarterbacks at the top of the Draft. Seeing this type of activity from San Francisco certainly doesn’t seem like it would make teams feel less urgency to make a move up for the quarterback they want.
  • In order to maximize the value of the pick, the Jets will probably either need to take a quarterback or trade down. The quarterback would fill the most important position on the field. If they don’t pick a quarterback, it would be difficult not to seek out a trade down now that the market for moving up to get a quarterback has been set at such a high price. A non-quarterback would have to be a special talent to make up for passing on a major trade package.
  • A division rival’s Draft capital has changed. Miami follow up this trade with a second deal to move back into the top ten.
  • I don’t think it would have been ridiculous to assume the Jets got this same offer from the 49ers in exchange for the second pick. That, however, is reportedly not the case.

It’s purely speculation, but one might wonder whether the 49ers might have gotten word that approaching the Jets with an offer would be a waste of time. After the hiring of Robert Saleh, there are now plenty of connections between the two organizations where backchannel communications could occur.

  • With the 49ers now presumably taking a quarterback, questions will arise about whether Jimmy Garoppolo will be sent out of town. This is also pure speculation, but we know Bill Belichick has always been a big believer in Garoppolo, and the Patriots need a quarterback. Could he end up back in the AFC East?