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History Not on 49ers Side Trading Up for Quarterback in NFL Draft

David Kaestle
Trading up in the NFL Draft for a quarterback has delivered questionable results in recent years.
Trading up in the NFL Draft for a quarterback has delivered questionable results in recent years. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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Having a franchise quarterback is the most crucial aspect to building a championship-caliber football team. Which is why team's are willing to go to such great lengths in an effort to acquire one, whether that be through a massive free-agent contract signing or making a trade in the NFL Draft.

The San Francisco 49ers just did the latter on Friday to presumably draft a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick. However, when you look at the recent history of teams that have traded up in the draft to select quarterbacks, the results are inconsistent, at best.

Of the five quarterbacks teams have traded up to draft in the last 10 years, only Sam Darnold remains with his original team, and that could change any day now. Robert Griffin III went from rookie sensation to now backup with the Baltimore Ravens after a slew of injuries derailed his career.

Jared Goff and Carson Wentz have seen the most success out of the bunch, with Goff reaching the Super Bowl and Wentz having an MVP-caliber season before getting injured in 2017. Although, both of their original teams have also elected to move on from them.

Finally, that leaves Mitch Trubisky and Darnold, who are considered busts by many, but the jury still seems to be out on Darnold given how bad a situation he was surrounded by with the Jets.

The point remains, there's no real surefire winners out of this group, and it shows that recently, spending big draft capital to trade up for a quarterback isn't always a fruitful long-term endeavor.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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