OK...so thins isn't pointed at anyone in this thread. I just kinda feel like I gotta get this off my chest...
...just like in politics, the field of Sports Journalism has gone in the krapper. In a big way.
Why? 24 hour news, Twitter, and SOOOO many more people trying to make a name for themselves. This situation with the Niners at 3 and Mac Jones, Justin Fields, etc is a great illustration of it, but it is hardly the only example.
For the purposes of this post tho, that's the example I'm going to use.
To start, I have no idea who the Niners are going to pick. My head tells me Justin Field or Trey Lance, but it could very well be Mac Jones. That isn't the point though. Its the cycle. I'll illustrate now. This isn't an exact timeline but just an example.
Day 1) 49ers make trade for third pick. The next day they are at Mac Jones SECOND Pro Day. Media immediately assumes that Kyle ONLY like slow, immobile, pocket passers despite the fact that his father won with Steve Young and John Elway. Media misses the fact that Adam Peters and MIKE Shanahan attended Mac Jones FIRST Pro Day.
Day 2) In a press conference, Kyle explains that he didn't want to go out to pro days because it would tip their hand. He also confirms that they will be going to Mac Jones second Pro Day that's on the same day as Justin Fields FIRST pro day. He also says that is because Justin Fields agent, whom Kyle mentions BY NAME, told them that Justin would have a second Pro Day. Who is at Justin Fields FIRST pro day? Adam Peters and MIKE Shanahan. Ya see that. Its very easily explained...Mac won't have a second workout for Kyle to see. Justin will. That's why he went to see Mac.
Day 3) Media spinning like crazy. People now "will be shocked" if Mac Jones isn't the pick. Kyle isn't talking, the 49ers don't leak, but there are several people now who "will be shocked" if Mac isn't the pick.
Day 4) Now the media turns. Why is Mac Jones the pick at 3? What's wrong with Justin Fields. "Is this the classic black QB issue?". "How in the world does Mac Jones surpass Fields?".
Day 5) Justin Fields now falls to the 5th QB in mock drafts and now every show is about "why is Fields falling? This is a great injustice".
Day 6) Word comes out from local beat writer who says that Fields will have a pro day on the 14th and that the 49ers will attend. He says this based on the interview way back on Day 2, but the National Media jumps all over it as if something has now shifted. ooooooooo...intrigue. Sigh.
Day 7) The same people who said they "would be shocked" id Mac Jones isn't the pick NOW says "well the 49ers "have an open mind". Another says "Its probably 50% Jones and 50% someone else".
Day Now the media story is that the 49ers might no know who they want and that they might be confused. After all, they wanted Mac and now they aren't so sure. We know that, right? We've been hearing that for days. Something has changed. Lets have a segment on ESPN to discuss it.
Mac Jones might be the pick. I don't think so, but its certainly possible. What drives me crazy is the media echo chamber that creates, recycles, passes as fact, then switches and is never held accountable for the HOURS they spend in the media discussing matters that are NEVER a matter of fact.
I'm listening to local radio yesterday and there is a guy on that I can't stand, Jim Kozimor, saying on the radio that the 49ers are a leaky ship, leaking like crazy, believes every rumor, thinks the 49ers are infighting over the pick...ALL based on media speculation.
If you read ANYONE who ACTUALLY covers the 49ers, they will tell you THEY AREN'T LEAKING. Its ALL speculation.
That's my issue...people taking rumor as fact and then running with and building on it when there is no foundation to the rumor to begin with. Its how you fill a 24 hours sports new program, fill air time on the radio, and get hits on your twitter feed.