Kyle Shanahan in his first draft as the 49ers head coach in 2017 passed on Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, instead opting for Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas with the No. pick. And after losing the Super Bowl less than three years later with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, Shanahan and John Lynch opted against Tom Brady in free agency in the 2020 offseason.
Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani has targeted Europa League football and a new Elland Road stadium after increased investment from San Francisco 49ers. The Premier League club announced on Monday that NFL franchise the 49ers has increased its stake in the West Yorkshire club from 15 to 37 percent. Paraag Marathe, president of 49ers' financial arm, 49ers Enterprises, has been appointed Leeds' vice-chairman, having already been a member of the club’s board.
But the 49ers passed on Watson and every other first-round quarterback because they had their eyes on Cousins, although that never happened because of the trade for Garoppolo. Nearly four years later, it’s easy to picture Watson thriving in Shanahan’s offense. His mobility and deep ball accuracy (45.4% completion rate on throws 20-plus yards downfield is second in the NFL since he entered the league), would allow the offense to take a leap forward and stress defenses in ways heretofore unseen.