The San Francisco 49ers' pick at No. 3 in the 2021 NFL Draft will be big, but the draft doesn't really start until the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4. Atlanta will determine how the rest of the draft shakes out if they hold on to the top selection. However, the Falcons are reportedly exploring trades to move back for a bounty of picks since they don't have a glaring need at quarterback.
These three QB-needy teams should be calling Atlanta about trading up to the fourth pick.
3. Chicago Bears (No. 20)
The Chicago Bears have been aggressive in pursuing quarterbacks this offseason. They almost traded for Carson Wentz, then offered a bounty to the Seattle Seahawks for Russell Wilson. Just because they signed Andy Dalton as their starter for this season doesn't take them out of the running to trade up for someone like Trey Lance, Justin Fields or Mac Jones. Chicago needs to find a long-term solution under center and not rely on a revolving door of veterans. Any of those three quarterbacks could compete for the starting job, or sit behind Dalton for a year while adjusting to the next level. Either way, trading up is a forward-thinking move the franchise must consider.
2. New England Patriots (No. 15)
The New England Patriots had an offseason of fireworks. New England clearly wanted to invest in its offense for this upcoming season, landing top tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry along with deep threat Nelson Agholor. There are now legit weapons for their quarterback to make the most of. Cam Newton isn't a long-term answer, and in a deep draft class, this is a perfect opportunity for the Patriots to land their next franchise QB. Improved play under center could immediately push New England back into the postseason.
1. Denver Broncos (No. 9)
Drew Lock's struggles in his second season and first as full-time starter cast doubts on his future as Denver's QB. The Broncos seem desperate to find another option that can compete with Lock at the very least, and even take over the starting role in the best case scenario. However, Denver might not have a chance to land one of the top-tier prospects with the No. 9 pick in the draft, making a trade up imperative if that's the direction they want to go. Lance, Fields and Jones are all worth getting excited over on their own. The possibility of them pushing Lock to step up his game is interesting as well. Whatever the outcome, Denver knows it must find its franchise quarterback. This is the draft to make that goal a reality.
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