49ers select QB Daniels at No. 237 overall

April 27, 2013, 4:00 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers selected a quarterback Friday in the seventh round who is well-versed in the read option.

B.J. Daniels, whose senior season at South Florida ended in November due to a broken left ankle, was the 49ers' pick in the seventh round with the No. 237 overall selection.

Daniels rushed for 2,068 yards and 25 touchdowns in college while also passing for 8,433 yards and 52 touchdowns.

"It's something I've done, dating back to my freshman year of high school," Daniels said. "I've been fortunate to have some good athletics and guys around, especially at the running back position. So doing the read option is something I'm comfortable with doing."

The 49ers' draft will conclude with picks at Nos. 246 and 252. Those compensatory selections cannot be traded.

Position: Quarterback
School: South Florida
Height/weight: 5 foot 11, 222 pounds
College career: Daniels was recruited to South Florida by former head coach Jim Leavitt, who now serves as 49ers linebackers coach. He completed 56.9 percent of his pass attempts in 2012 for 2,075 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 434 yards. As a freshman in 2009, he rushed for 772 yards and nine touchdowns. At the time of his season-ending broken ankle in November, Daniels was just 250 yards shy of Pat White's all-time Big East career yardage mark of 10,279.
Scouting report: Daniels is undersized for a quarterback. He is more of an athlete than a classic quarterback. He was not invited to the NFL scouting combine, but took part in a regional combine in Dallas. Daniels said he is 100-percent healthy from his broken ankle. He is capable of playing a lot of different spots, including wide receiver, running back and defensive back.
How he fits: Daniels is expected to compete with Scott Tolzien, the 49ers' third-string quarterback the past two seasons for a spot on the roster. Daniels can also serve in a number of different roles, including special teams. But where he might be his most useful is on the practice field to help the 49ers prepare for such read option quarterbacks as Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Washington’s Robert Griffin.
In his words: "(Coach Jim Harbaugh) told me they'd give me the opportunity to play quarterback. They like certain things I can do. My biggest thing is, I'm a football player. If they ask me to do anything else, my biggest thing is being consistent and doing whatever I can do to help out our team."
--B.J. Daniels

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