Harbaugh's tour of QBs finds 'good-boned' prospect

Harbaugh's tour of QBs finds 'good-boned' prospect
May 11, 2014, 7:45 am
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(I) really liked watching the tape. It was a fun process.
Jim Harbaugh on Kory Faulkner

On his trip to see a statue unveiled at the Miami (Ohio) University for his Super Bowl-winning coach of a brother, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh squeezed in some business.

And, as it turns out, he spent some time with an under-the-radar quarterback who will get a chance to win a roster spot as a rookie.

Harbaugh visited with Southern Illinois quarterback Kory Faulkner but did not pace him through a workout. Harbaugh likes to catch passes and throw the ball around with quarterback prospects, but Harbaugh was still recovering from surgery on his right pinkie.

“(I) really liked watching the tape,” Harbaugh said. “It was a fun process. (Quarterbacks coach) Geep Chryst and I were together on that and we must have watched 40 or 50 quarterbacks."

“And feel really good about Kory. Feel really good about him as a person and a player. We like him.”

Faulkner attended the pro day at Northwestern in which Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was the headliner. But Faulkner grabbed Harbaugh's attention, too.

"Coach Harbaugh saw me throwing side-by-side next to Jimmy and liked what he saw," Faulkner told SIUSalukis.com. "He asked for some tape and really liked my tape."

Garoppolo was a second-round pick of the New England Patriots.

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Fourteen quarterbacks were selected in the seven-round NFL draft. Harbaugh had previously stated that San Jose State’s David Fales was among his top-five quarterback prospects. Fales was the 11th quarterback selected. The Chicago Bears chose Fales in the sixth round at No. 183 overall.

Faulkner (6 foot 4, 227 pounds) agreed to join the 49ers shortly after the draft concluded on Saturday. He has an opportunity to compete with McLeod Bethel-Thompson for a roster spot behind Colin Kaepernick and backup Blaine Gabbert.

Faulkner, a native of Farmington, Mo., redshirted as a freshman in 2009. He appeared in 32 games in his career. In nine games as a senior, he completed 165 of 272 attempts for 1,997 yards with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions.

“There was some spread. There was some underneath center,” Harbaugh said of the Southern Illinois offense. “But you’re going to like him. He’s got a good arm. He’s smart. Strong guy. (We) got a good-boned guy -- and tough.”