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Nick Saban Quote Gives Striking Indication of 49ers' Interest in Mac Jones

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Nick Saban Quote Gives Striking Indication of 49ers' Interest in Mac Jones
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One of the most shocking transactions of this NFL offseason came when the San Francisco 49ers traded three first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 3 overall selection in 2021.

With a move as monumental as that one, it became clear that the 49ers were more than likely targeting one of the highly-touted quarterback prospects.

Some thought that the team could be leaning towards Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, but that may not be the case at all. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban appeared on the "Dan Patrick Show" on April 6 and talked about the team's pro day. He said that the 49ers never even asked him about Jones throughout the day.

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“[Kyle Shanahan] didn’t ask me a thing. I stood right next to him. I said hi to him. John Lynch too. They didn’t ask me a thing. Maybe they thought they weren’t allowed to."

Nick Saban, Dan Patrick Show

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Assuming that Saban's account is 100% accurate, this might put a damper on the thought of seeing Jones in a 49ers uniform. Including bowl games, Jones appeared in 13 games for Alabama in 2020. He recorded 4,500 passing yards while throwing 41 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. A prospect of his caliber could be a big part of any NFL team's core if they were to select him. However, if the 49ers don't think he's the guy for them, they'll select someone else.

At the end of the day, San Francisco has options with the No. 3 pick. Despite reportedly not talking to him at pro day, they could still end up drafting Jones. They could also turn their attention to whichever one of Justin Fields or Zach Wilson is available when they're on the clock. It's also been rumored that the organization may even shock the football world by selecting Trey Lance No. 3 overall.

The fact is that nobody outside the organization will know for sure what the 49ers plan to do with the No. 3 pick until they make the announcement on April 29.

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