Report: 49ers 'Monitoring' Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers Ahead of 2021 NFL Draft

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 29, 2021

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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One reason no one seems to know what the San Francisco 49ers are doing with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL draft is because they have reportedly been looking at trades involving established quarterbacks. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the 49ers have been "monitoring" things with quarterbacks, including Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers, leading up to the start of the draft at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. 

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that San Francisco did reach out to the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday about Rodgers, but no formal trade offer was made. 

Pelissero added there's a "zero percent chance" the Packers trade Rodgers. 

It's unclear at this point what Watson's trade value is because of his ongoing legal situation. The Houston Texans quarterback is facing 21 different lawsuits from women who have accused him of sexual assault and misconduct. 

Rodgers would certainly fill San Francisco's need for an immediate upgrade at quarterback. The three-time NFL MVP is signed through the 2023 season. He led the NFL in both completion percentage (70.7) and passing touchdowns (48) in 2020. 

The Packers have no reason to move Rodgers right now. They are coming off back-to-back 13-win seasons and consecutive appearances in the NFC Championship Game. 

The 49ers have been supposedly all over the map with the No. 3 pick leading up to the draft. Most analysts have linked them with quarterbacks Mac Jones of Alabama and Trey Lance of North Dakota State. 

One way or another, it seems highly likely that San Francisco will come out of the first round of the draft on Thursday night with an answer at quarterback.