First, it means that when the Giants face the currently 0-8 49ers Week 10 in San Francisco they will likely facing a team led by the former Patriots backup. If Garoppolo does not play this weekend when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals, which seems likely as he learns the San Francisco playbook, Garoppolo’s 49ers debut could come against the Giants.
Second, and probably far more important, the deal could have far-reaching implications for the 2018 NFL Draft.
The current draft order finds the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick, the 49ers No. 2 and the Giants No. 3. Garoppolo’s presence at quarterback gives the 49ers a better chance of winning games down the stretch, which could improve the team’s record but worsen their draft position.
Acquiring Garappolo, who turns 26 on Thursday, also most likely takes the 49ers out of the discussion for one of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. The Browns drafted Deshone Kizer in the second round last season. If they believe Kizer is their quarterback of the future perhaps the Giants could wind up — whether by trade or by default — with a chance to select whoever they believe to be the best quarterback in the draft.