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Why Mac Jones' NFL Career Was Saved By the 49ers Passing on Him at Pick #3

Colin Cowherd: “I don’t root for teams, I root for people. San Francisco got Trey Lance and I thought it was the right move. It made me really happy. Honestly, I felt sick to my stomach yesterday going into the Draft… It just got horrible press when that story leaked that Kyle Shanahan was ‘in love’ with Mac Jones. It was AWFUL and nobody liked it. Even if Mac Jones would have had some success, and I think he would have, NOBODY was ever going to buy into… They’d have low ceiling Mac Jones – who I think is a nice fit in New England – but against Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and Matt Stafford twice a year. He would be the least athletic, smallest in terms of arm and dynamic play-making ability. I just felt stick to my stomach, and instead, they did the right thing. They drafted the bigger, stronger, more athletic, significantly higher upside in Trey Lance, and they’re going to keep Garoppolo until the wheels fall off… Whoever the 49ers took was going to succeed, that’s not really the question, but the pressure on Mac Jones would have been relentless because you gave up so much for him, and because this is a Super Bowl roster… Mac will work in New England to the level he can work – the ceiling is low – but I entered yesterday thinking ‘ugh, this is going to be awful.’ Say what you want, but the fans matter, and the media matters, and when they’re ALL against you on a pick and HATE your pick, you can win and they won’t even give you credit. You have to win BIG for years until the media acknowledges ‘okay maybe you were right.’ It was going to be an avalanche of UGLY.” (Full Segment Above)

Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he was very ‘happy’ that the 49ers ended up taking Trey Lance with the no. 3 overall pick in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL Draft, saying he was ‘sick to his stomach’ thinking about Mac Jones going number three and becoming one of the most derided moves in recent NFL history.

Check out the segment above as Colin details why he thinks Jones was extremely fortunate to avoid the 49ers, as Colin believes the media and fans in The Bay Area would have been brutal towards Jones, as rumors of the 49ers' interest in him were never met with much support.

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