49ers kept No. 3 selection a secret, even from Trey Lance
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49ers kept No. 3 selection a secret, even from Trey Lance

The San Francisco 49ers wouldn't tell anyone their plans for their top pick in this year's draft, not even Trey Lance, who heard his name called by the franchise third overall. 

"You had a hunch for a while?" 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan asked Lance as he called to tell him he was the pick.

"Man, I didn't know, coach. You wouldn't tell me nothing!" Lance replied.

After the Niners traded up from No. 12 to No. 3, it was widely believed they did so to select Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, who ended up being taken by the New England Patriots at No. 15.

However, Lance had been Shanahan and general manager John Lynch's target all along. 

"We've been very high on Trey since the beginning. Since Day 1," Shanahan said at his post-draft press conference. "And, yes, the person everyone else was speculating about, we liked him, too. ... When we made the trade, we knew exactly where we were going and what we were doing."

Lance was viewed as the fifth-best quarterback in the draft before being selected ahead of Justin Fields and Jones. Only time will tell if he ends up being better than those two players. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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