It looks like the 49ers are set to land a midfielder at some point in their draft this year. Even if they aren’t aiming for a long-term start, they need to find a suitable backup for Jimmy Garoppolo. There is a scenario where they do not craft a quarterback, but instead use an option to get one in the trade. Mock Draft in Pro Football Focus Perform this move to San Francisco.
In this phantom PFF, the 49ers take on the overall No. 12 pick for Miami for second year midfielder Tua Tagovailoa after the Dolphins in Ohio took Justin Fields with the third overall pick they got from Texas at the Laremy Tunsil trade.
It is not an acquisition out of nowhere. This form features three rear players in the first three picks and five in the top nine. Given the range of 49ers’ needs, it’s hard to see them giving up a lot of trial capital to go higher and disable the caller’s signal in case the market for them is too competitive early in the draft.
Swaping the # 12 pick to pick from a top five a 23-year-old who is accurate in all three levels of the passing game makes a lot of sense if the 49 players are prioritizing that position in this year’s draft.
However, there is a big question mark as to whether Tagovailoa is the signal caller who will eliminate Number 12. He has gone 6-3 in nine matches with the Dolphins as a rookie this season. His numbers weren’t very impressive with a completion rate of 64.1 percent, 6.3 yards per attempt, 11 drops and five interceptions. There’s also the fact that he’s been put on the bench multiple times for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Dolphins has put their support behind Tagovailoa and its future development, but it will be easy to see how the 49ers may be wary of taking on this venture when they are ready to compete for Super Bowls.