Joe Montana Says He Wanted 49ers To Select Mac Jones Instead Of Trey Lance in 2021 NFL Draft

San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana shared his thoughts on his former team’s choice at quarterback during the 2021 NFL Draft and lets just say it’s going to be a little awkward the next time Joe shows up at a 49ers game.

Appearing on ESPN’s “College Football Live” on Tuesday, Montana said he wishes the 49ers had selected Alabama’s Mac Jones:

“If I were the 49ers, I would have taken Jones,” Montana said. “Nothing against Lance, but Jones is more pro-style offense, more used to being tough situations.”

Back when the 49ers traded up from No. 12 to No. 3 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, there was a lot of talk about the 49ers selecting Jones. Ultimately, the 49ers took Lance third. Jones slipped to No. 15 overall to the New England Patriots.

Jones has started all eight games for the Patriots as a rookie, leading all rookie QBs in passing yards — 1,997 — and touchdown passes with 9.

Lance has started one game for the 49ers, appearing in three others while battling some injuries. He’s completed 25 of 48 passes (52.1%) for 354 yards, three TDs and one interception. Lance also has rushed 27 times for 133 yards and a TD.