NFL combine notebook: Would Eagles trade Kolb?


NFL combine notebook: Would Eagles trade Kolb?

Feb. 24, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comINDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers are keeping open all their options when it comes to the quarterback position.Coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated Thursday that he would like quarterback Alex Smith to re-sign with the 49ers. But the 49ers will look to add at least two quarterbacks to their roster before the start of the 2011 season.RELATED: Harbaugh wishes Smith 'fresh start' with 49ers
General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers will explore all possibilities to improve the position, including the draft, free agency and trades.One veteran player the 49ers are likely to track is Philadelphia backup Kevin Kolb. He wants to be a starting quarterback somewhere, but it won't be with the Eagles, as long as Michael Vick is healthy.Eagles general manager Howie Roseman on Thursday did not rule out the possibility Kolb could be traded this offseason -- when trades are allowed to happen.
"We're still evaluating all our options and all our positions," Roseman said. "Obviously, we've been really fortunate to have good quarterbacks. There's Michael, there's Kevin, and we've got a lot of confidence in Mike Kafka. So that's a position that we're always going to want to be strong at . . . We don't discuss any (trade) discussions, external or internal."Here are some other notable quotes from the first day of the NFL scouting combine:Mike Lombardi, NFL Network analyst
"I think Jim (Harbaugh) has to change his offense. I mean you can't run Power-O 50 times like he did at Stanford and be effective. So I think he has to change and grow offensively, which he clearly can do. So I think that's the challenge that waits. And then there's the gap between college and pro that has to get obviously made up. Jim's last year in the NFL was 2003. To me, every three years the NFL dramatically changes over and over again and becomes a different league. So I think his work is challenging. It will take him a little bit of time and this offseason you can utilize the time to prepare him to prepare him what he can do."OGC Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
On whether he has a style similar to his uncle, former Raiders guard Steve Wisniewski: "I certainly try to be. One thing he was known for was finishing blocks and being a nasty guy and that's what I always try to do.I like to finish my blocks and I'm hearing positive feedback about the way I hustle so that's one way I think we're similar." Steve Wisniewski is currently an assistant offensive line coach with the Raiders, and Stefen was asked if he'd like to play for his uncle. "I think that would be awesome. I couldn't think of a better guy to work for. He's an eight-time Pro Bowler. He's my uncle. There are certainly complications when you get coached by a family member. For anyone who played for their father might know what that's like. But, yes, I'd love to play for my uncle."OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
"I know I can play right away. That's my best asset. I'm a draft-ready tackle. . . . I've gone against four potential first-round players this year. I have a better resume of going against better talent than anyone else, so that makes me more (pro) ready." The four players are Adrian Clayborn (Iowa), Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue), Cameron Heyward (Ohio State) and J.J. Watt (Wisconsin).OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
The biochemistry major was asked if he takes more pride in his athletic or academic accomplishments. "That's tough. Football is my first love, so I guess it's got to be what I did on the field. I think I put probably more work into what happened on the field. Academics has always come pretty easy to me. Football is something I love so I pour everything I have into it." And what will he do when he's done playing football? "I'd like to open up some kind of foundation and kind of pursue my biochemistry degree and kind of use it to do some sort of medical research."TE Virgil Green, Nevada
On catching passes from Colin Kaepernick: "His arm is pretty strong and he's actually taken a little juice off his ball the last two years. . . . Back in the day, he would just rocket it. You'd catch it and then have to jump back. Now he's got that nice smooth spiral to his ball and he's worked a lot on improving his talents as a quarterback."OG Stephen Schilling, Michigan
On starting 52 games: "It's definitely something I take a lot of pride in. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of my best accomplishments, being able to stay so durable and play so many years there."OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
"The SEC is among the best when it comes to athletes and the speed and the physical aspects of the game. You can go in and look at any SEC game and it'll be very physical and you just compete with each other. It's going to be very hard fought. That's the epitome of the league. It's a tough, physical game and I was right there with it."OT Nate Solder, Colorado
On struggling against Cal's Cameron Jordan: "Well, that was a breakdown in technique from me. You learn not to take anyone for granted and that guy played a heck of a game and you've got to give it to him. And no matter who you go against you can't break down in your technique. That was just a fundamental error on my part."TE Luke Stocker, Tennessee
"I think my strengths are the balance I have. I feel like I'm a really good blocker and I'm a really good receiver. As a defense, that's hard to prepare for. You look at the guys that are hard to prepare for -- the Steelers, the Patriots, the Cowboys -- they have dual-threat guys. And the tight ends are essential."Danny Watkins, Baylor
When asked if his age (26) worries him: "Well, I don't have arthritis so (laughs). I'm a little more mature than the other guys. I don't think it's a negative." Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs will take center stage at the NFL scouting combine on Friday.

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Quarterback
College: Iowa
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
Selection: Third round, No. 104 overall

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the quarterback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, in the third round of the NFL draft with the No. 66 overall pick.

“Being close to home is an incredible opportunity, as well as the type of defense they play -- press man, up in your face,” Witherspoon said. “When I came in for a visit, they were asking me if I’ve adopted that role and if I’d be willing to continue that. And I said, ‘Absolutely.’

“It’s an opportunity to play for such a great organization, close to home, with such a savvy defensive mentality. I think it’s going to be a great place for me.”

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the selection at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection (No. 229 overall) this year. The 49ers now have 10 picks in next year’s draft.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Witherspoon began his college career at Sacramento City. He played his final three college seasons at Colorado. He started 12 games last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Witherspoon led the nation with 22 pass breakups. He recorded one interception -- a game-saving pick in the end zone to preserve a 41-38 victory over Oregon. A pre-med student majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, he said he aspires to be a doctor after his football career.

But Witherspoon said he is committed to football and promised the 49ers during his visit to Santa Clara that he will make huge strides over the next few years as he continues to develop as a player.