If the 49ers do not already have their long-term quarterback situation figured out by the end of April, one option officially became available on Monday for the NFL draft.
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced his plan to forego his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. The first round will be held on April 27.
“Going to the NFL has been my goal ever since I was a little boy,” Trubisky wrote on The Players Tribune. “And now that I have that chance, I’m incredibly excited.”
The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Of course, the draft is seven weeks after the start of the new league year, at which point teams can sign veteran free agents and make trades.
Trubisky is one of three quarterbacks who is likely be selected in the first round, along with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. The quarterback-needy Cleveland Browns own the top overall selection. Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, though, is widely considered to be the top prospect in the draft.
Trubisky, who is listed as 6 foot 3, 220 pounds, started just one season at North Carolina. He completed 68 percent of his pass attempts with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Tar Heels’ season concluded with a 25-23 loss to Stanford on Dec. 30.
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the presumptive 49ers' next head coach, was announced Thursday as the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Dallas’ Jason Garrett was selected as NFL Coach of the Year and Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was chosen as NFL Executive of the Year in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.
The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan as head coach until the Falcons’ season has concluded. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
Shanahan interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 5 during the Falcons’ bye week in the playoffs. He is scheduled for a second interview with the club next week, regardless of the outcome of the Falcons’ game Sunday.
Under Shanahan’s direction, the Falcons scored an NFL-best and franchise record 540 points, which tied the 2000 St. Louis Rams for eighth-most in NFL history. Atlanta’s 6,653 total yards ranks No. 13 in NFL history.
The Falcons finished as champions of the NFC South with an 11-5 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.
Quarterback Matt Ryan, who was announced this week as the PFWA NFL Most Valuable Player, thrived in Shanahan’s offense. Ryan threw touchdown passes to a NFL-record 13 different receivers and led the league with a 117.1 passer rating.
Executive Eliot Wolf has agreed to a new contract to remain with the Green Bay Packers and has pulled out of the running to become the 49ers’ next general manager, a league source confirmed.
Wolf’s decision to remain with the Packers, as first reported by USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, leaves the 49ers with three known candidates for the job to replace Trent Baalke as general manager.
The 49ers this week informed a handful of candidates they would not be given second interviews for the position. Wolf and Brian Gutekunst, also of Green Bay, George Paton of Minnesota and Arizona’s Terry McDonough remain under consideration for the job after the initial list was pared down.
The 49ers are expected to involve presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan in the process to name the next general manager. Shanahan, Atlanta's offensive coordintor, is prohibited from officially becoming the 49ers' next head coach until after the Falcons' season is over. The Falcons play the Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.
Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year. Wolf is widely considered the heir apparent to Packers general manager Ted Thompson.
The 49ers interviewed Wolf on Jan. 5, along with Gutekunst, the Packers’ director of player personnel. Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf.