49ers at the center of draft debates / Mask guidance expected to ease in SF

It's Tuesday, April 27th.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Let’s talk football. Heading into Thursday’s NFL Draft, the hottest debate in the league surrounds who the 49ers will select with the third overall pick. 

There’s drama here for several reasons. For one, the Niners were originally slated to have the number 12 pick in this year’s draft but traded multiple future first-round picks to the Miami Dolphins to snag the earlier spot. That’s a lot to give up. 

Second, by moving up in the draft, it was clear that the 49ers had their eyes on selecting a quarterback. The problem: the team already has Jimmy Garoppolo on their roster, who led the 49ers to a Super Bowl just two years ago. Of course, Garoppolo has been plagued with injuries and during his four seasons with the Niners, he’s only played one complete year. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan seems to think having both on the team would be advantageous. “To have that with Jimmy, while adding a rookie quarterback, gives us a lot of leeway into this,” Shanahan said in a press conference on Monday. “I’m not going to set anything in stone, but I know that’s a situation that would be hard to [abandon].” 

There are also differing opinions on who the 49ers should select as their quarterback of the future. Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields seemed to be the obvious choice if he was still available at the number three slot. But earlier this month, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter predicted that the Niners were set on former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. Now, reports say it's between Jones and Trey Lance, who played QB at North Dakota State. 

Coach Shanahan will have the final say on who is chosen, 49ers GM John Lynch confirmed on Monday. And whatever decision he makes, it will certainly impact the 49ers’ future, good or bad, for years to come. 

And now, onto some news…. 

Mayor Breed announced on Tuesday that high school seniors will have in-person graduation ceremonies in June. “They may have had challenges with other experiences,” Breed said in a video on Twitter. “But this is one experience we don’t want them to miss.” Here’s a link to the graduation day and times for each school. (Chronicle

Some Bay Area health providers are expected to resume administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week but will give people the option to receive the Pfizer or Moderna shot instead. Meanwhile, UCSF said on Sunday that it is treating the first male patient in the country to develop a blood clot after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. He is in good condition, the hospital said. (Chronicle / SF Gate

The Castro Community Benefit District is meeting on Tuesday at 6 pm to discuss the possibility of installing security cameras across the neighborhood, which would be funded by crypto entrepreneur, Chris Larsen. The New York Times wrote a good story back in July that detailed Larsen’s security efforts already happening across the city. Pre-registration for tonight’s event is required. (Broke-Ass Stuart

Quick bits: 

  • 💰 San Francisco is scheduled to receive $18.7 million in federal funding to help support its homelessness efforts. (Public Comment

  • ✈️ SFO is seeing the slowest recovery in passenger traffic among the nation’s 50 busiest airports, according to TSA data. (Chronicle

  • 👨‍🎤 The daily lineups for this October’s Outside Lands were released today with The Strokes headlining on Friday, Lizzo on Saturday, and Tame Impala on Sunday. (SF Weekly

  • 🍹 The popular Mezcal bar in the Mission, Elda, closed its doors in November, but now tells Eater that it’s hoping to open “Elda 2.0” in the coming months. Its location is still TBD. (Eater

  • 🐋 In the past month, five whales have washed ashore in the Bay Area and three of them appear to have suffered injuries caused by collisions with cargo ships. The latest was a rare fin whale that beached at Fort Funston last week. The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary has requested that ships slow their speeds to 10 knots when they are near or inside the Bay. (CBS Bay Area

And finally… 

If you haven’t seen it by now, the CDC eased its mask guidelines on Tuesday, saying that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to mask up when they are exercising, attending small gatherings, or dining outside. Masks are still recommended for “large” outdoor gatherings and all indoor activities. 

California Governor Gavin Newson said on Twitter that “CA will be aligning with the new CDC guidelines.” Once that happens officially, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said it would follow suit as well. 

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