Report: 49ers debating Mac Jones, Trey Lance at No. 3

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The San Francisco 49ers traded up to the No. 3 overall pick to make sure they landed a franchise quarterback, and it looks like they’re whittling down their list of targets as the 2021 NFL draft draws closer.

Alabama’s Mac Jones and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance are the two leading candidates for the 49ers at that spot, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It’s more than a little surprising to see Ohio State’s Justin Fields omitted from that list, considering his rare skill set, experience, and track record of success at Ohio State. If Fields is still on the board for the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4 overall, that spot should generate plenty of interest from teams looking to trade up for such a promising quarterback prospect.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the New York Jets are expected to opt for BYU’s Zach Wilson at No. 2 overall.