49ers look for more from third quarterback

49ers look for more from third quarterback
April 27, 2013, 6:15 pm
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B.J. Daniels threw for 8,433 yards and 52 touchdowns as a four-year starter. (AP IMAGES)

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh is admittedly excited about the possibility of suiting up a third quarterback who can do a lot more than just carry a clipboard.

In two seasons, third quarterback Scott Tolzien was active for just three games and never made it into a game. But the 49ers added two potential third-string quarterbacks who may have additional value.

[MAIOCCO: 49ers select QB Daniels at No. 237 overall]

The 49ers selected South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels in the seventh round of the draft. Then, the club agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Minnesota quarterback MarQueis Gray as an undrafted free agent. Gray announced his agreement on his Twitter account.

Daniels was not invited to the NFL scouting combine after his season ended in November due to an ankle fracture. He is listed at 5-foot-11 1/2, 217 pounds.

"You look at the mobility," Harbaugh said Saturday at the conclusion of the draft. "He's got a real sense when he runs of alluding defenders and buying time in the pocket, extending plays, a very strong arm. And then you wonder with the athleticism, how many ways can he contribute to this team, to this roster?"

Daniels might have the ability, Harbaugh said, to play running back, wide receiver and return punts and kickoffs. Daniels threw for 8,433 yards and 52 touchdowns as a four-year starter, and added 2,068 yards rushing and 25 in his career.

"The idea of being a Swiss Army knife comes up again," Harbaugh said, repeating a term he used last season to describe Delanie Walker. "We'll see just how many things he can be good at. He's a tremendous athlete with great foot quickness, a strong arm, two-time captain. We're fishing out a good pool there, that he'll be able to contribute to this football team."

Said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, "Just liked his athletic instincts. He's a playmaker, and he won big games on the road. He went into Florida State, into Tallahassee, and won a game there. He's a fearless competitor and has a lot of qualities that we liked."

Gray (6-3, 240) has similar versatility. As a sophomore he caught 42 passes for 587 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver. The next year he played extensively at quarterback, completing 108 of 213 pass attempts for 1,495 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a senior, he rushed for 390 yards and five touchdowns.

 

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