49ers draft outlook: Quarterbacks

49ers draft outlook: Quarterbacks
April 23, 2013, 8:45 am
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Collin Klein (Kansas State) needs time to alter his throwing mechanics, and the 49ers have time to give him. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The 49ers can be expected to add a fourth quarterback to the team's 90-man offseason roster.

And with three picks late in the seventh round, including two compensatory selections that cannot be traded, it makes sense for the 49ers to draft a quarterback rather than attempt to sign one as a rookie free agent.

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Who's here: Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien

Draft needs: The 49ers have their long-term starting quarterback with Kaepernick, so there is no need to select a quarterback during the first two days of the draft. With the trade of Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, the 49ers brought in McCoy as the presumptive No. 2. McCoy opens the offseason program with the inside track to be Kaepernick's backup. McCoy made 21 NFL starts in his three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Last year, he saw limited action in just three games behind Brandon Weedon. The 49ers will bring in a young player to compete with Tolzien for a roster spot.

Good fits: Collin Klein (Kansas State) needs some time to alter his throwing mechanics, and the 49ers have the time to give him. Jordan Rodgers (Vanderbilt) is not nearly as polished as his brother, Aaron, but there is some talent that might be worth mining with a late-round draft pick. Sean Renfree (Duke) and Landry Jones (Oklahoma) are players who will make NFL rosters. Jim Harbaugh recruited both of those players while at Stanford. Harbaugh likes players with position flexibility, so MarQueis Gray (Minnesota) could be tempting late in the draft. Gray (6 foot 3, 240 pounds) worked out for NFL teams at three positions: quarterback, wide receiver and tight end. With that versatility, he could be active on game days and even play some on special teams.

 

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