CHICAGO, IL – Not longer than a few weeks ago, many predicted that the 49ers would use their first pick on a quarterback, a replacemtn for Colin Kaepernick who would be traded.
A trade with the Denver Broncos seemed all but pen on paper, until a stalemate was reached over contract negotiations including who would take on a portion of Kaepernick’s remaining contract. With trade talks eventually simmering down and the QB attending voluntary offseason workouts with the team, the organization decided to use their picks to address other issues, including pass rushers.
With that pick previously been thought to be given to the QB position, the team now could use their third-round pick elsewhere instead of their already addressed defensive skill position.
The team selected DE DeForest Buckner out of Oregon. With Chip Kelly having drafted yet another former Duck, management decided they needed to do something before he screwed up anything else or cut the draft picks before they even got to San Fran.
Scrambling on a plan, the Niners elected to try and pull a quick on behind Chip kelly’s back, drafting Jim Harbaugh, head coach out of the University of Michigan with the 63rd overall pick via their third-round selection.
Denver opted to draft a quarterback with their first-round pick, Paxton Lynch, out of Memphis.