While it came to the surprise of no one that the San Francisco 49ers selected a quarterback with the third overall pick, the big question mark was going to be how current starter Jimmy Garoppolo would deal with an eventual demotion.
Last season, Garoppolo threw for 1,096 yards with seven touchdowns and five picks. The Niners traded for Garoppolo a few years back, and he then led San Fran to the Super Bowl in 2020. They ultimately lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.
At one point in his career, Garoppolo had to sit back and learn under future Hall of Famer QB Tom Brady, who helped him learn as the early part of his career progressed.
Brady assisted in teaching Jimmy G, who was the second-round, 62nd overall pick by the New England Patriots in the 2014 NFL Draft.
“It’s kind of coming full circle,” Garoppolo said Tuesday on ESPN Radio.
“You go through this NFL career, and you start as a young guy coming in. Tom kind of showed me the ropes. The competition between us was awesome. It really made me grow as a rookie and as a young player. So, that’s kind of what me and Trey, we’ll mold our relationship into that. But it will happen naturally. It’s one of those things you can’t force anything. Just let it come as it may.”
It will be interesting to see how well the Garoppolo/Lance combo and the Niners will do in the NFC West. They will likely start the season as the 4th place team behind the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals.