Ian Rapoport, citing several sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking, reports that the 49ers are still “strongly considering” a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick.
Rapoport mentions that it would come as somewhat of a surprise to see San Francisco take a quarterback after they signed both Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley in free agency and could pursue Kirk Cousins next year.
Even so, Rapoport says that sources who know new 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan well insist UNC QB Mitch Trubisky would be the best fit for his offense.
The 49ers have done extensive work on quarterbacks this offseason, which should come as a big surprise, given that they don’t have a long-term solution at the position. However, Rapoport adds that several teams are considering the possibility of trading up to No. 2 overall for a quarterback and are currently gauging the cost of making such a move with the Browns being one of the interested teams.
This seems like an attempt from San Francisco to try to create a larger market for their No. 2 overall pick, as they’ve made it quite clear throughout the draft process that they’re interested in moving back. Some have said that the cost of trading could be lower than in recent years, so this will be something to watch in the coming days.
We’ll have more regarding potential trades involving the 49ers as the news is available.