Report: Chip Kelly Wanted To Draft Dak Prescott, Trent Baalke Said No
A few hours after the San Francisco 49ers’ season ended, the team parted ways with head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke.
If you’re a 49ers fan, this next bit of information may throw you into a rage as Chip Kelly and many others reportedly wanted to draft current Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, but GM Trent Baalke told them no,. Baalke had final say in the team’s draft room, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
According to @MikeGarafolo, Chip Kelly and others in the 49ers building wanted Dak Prescott in the draft but Baalke didn’t draft him. Wow.
— David Chappine (@DavidChappine) January 2, 2017
Can confirm scouts loved Dak and Chip felt he was a fit. I reported this last April. https://t.co/JUYr8bb0la
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 2, 2017
Even if this did happen, the 49ers’ trash offensive line would’ve gotten him killed and his potential would have been squandered out there in the Bay Area.
49ers CEO Jed York released a statement after he fired Chip & Trent:
“I have informed Trent and Chip of my decision to pursue new leadership for our football team,” York said in a statement a short time later. “These types of conversations are never easy, especially when they involve people you respect personally and professionally.
“Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary. The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing. We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen. That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.”