INDIANAPOLIS – The 49ers will meet with at least the top four quarterback draft prospects this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Although the draft is two months away, 49ers general manager John Lynch has already been impressed with what he has seen. The 49ers' top two picks are set for No. 2 and No. 34 overall.
“I think these guys are somewhat getting a bad rap,” Lynch said Thursday. “You turn on the film, and there’s a lot to like.”
The 49ers met Wednesday night with Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer. By the time the combine concludes, the 49ers will also have held 15-minute interviews with North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Clemon’s Deshaun Watson and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes.
“This whole thing is not about an interview, but if you were grading him on that alone, he blew the doors off,” Lynch said of Kizer. “He’s an impressive young man. His film is very impressive.
“I think the same can be said for Deshaun Watson. You look what he’s done, just putting a team on his shoulders and taking down a great champion. Trubisky, Mahomes, I think it’s a very talented draft class at that position. We’re very excited about those guys. I don’t think you need to be too transparent to realize that’s a position we’re looking at. We don’t have any. That’s a position that’s a big focal point of our preparation and this week is a big part of that.”
Kizer (6 foot 4¼) was the tallest of the quarterbacks invited to the combine. Watson checked in 6-2½. Trubisky checked in over the 6-2 1/8.
“He measured over 6-2, so he made himself some money today, I promise you,” Lynch said of Trubisky.
“He grows on you. The more you watch him, the more you like him.”
Mahomes was the shortest of the quarterbacks at 6-2.
“He’s a guy the film is pretty special,” Lynch said. “We’re excited to watch more and learn more about him.”
Watson has the most decorated college career, leading Clemson to the victory over Alabama in the national championship game. Lynch said he spent time around Watson during Super Bowl week in Houston.
“There are certain guys who just carry themselves differently and have a presence about him,” Lynch said. “I’d put him in that category in the brief time you could just see there’s a confidence and an aura that he carries himself with is pretty special.”