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49ers shift focus to Alabama QB Mac Jones, NDSU QB Trey Lance with No. 3 pick

Less than four days away from the start of the 2021 NFL Draft, the 49ers have reportedly set their sights on which quarterbacks they're eyeing with the No. 3 overall pick.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the belief is San Francisco has appeared to narrow its focus on selecting either Alabama QB Mac Jones or North Dakota State QB Trey Lance, according to several sources.

Sunday's update seemingly eliminates the possibility of the Niners drafting highly-touted prospect Justin Fields, whom several analysts list as the third-best QB prospect in this year's draft.

Rapoport's report also falls in line with the long-standing rumor that the team has had its eyes on drafting Jones third overall after months of scouting the former Crimson Tide signal-caller.

In reality, the 49ers have done their due diligence on both QBs, as evidenced by coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch attending both Jones' second pro day on March 30 and Lance's second pro day on April 19.

Lance has reportedly been working with QB coach John Beck, who played under Shanahan in Washington. It's worth noting that Beck also helped prep Fields for his second pro day earlier this month.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero recently listed Jones and Lance as the fourth and fifth, respectively, in this year's QB class, based on conversations with NFL executives, scouts and coaches.

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