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Cosell's evaluation of 49ers LB Foster: 'I had nothing under weaknesses'

Cosell's evaluation of 49ers LB Foster: 'I had nothing under weaknesses'

The 49ers traded up with the Seahawks to take Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st pick in the draft.

Greg Cosell -- your thoughts on the selection?

"I think Foster was the second best prospect in this draft behind (Myles) Garrett," Cosell said on KNBR 680 this week. There's nothing not to like. In fact, I do an excel spreadsheet -- I do strengths, weaknesses, transition -- I had nothing under weaknesses.

"As a player on the field -- and I know there's other issues and that's probably why he dropped; I know there's some injury concerns and perhaps some other things -- but I think he's a high-level linebacker prospect. He's got all the athletic and movement traits that you look for."

The 49ers, who took Solomon Thomas No. 3 overall, considered Foster one of the three best prospects.

Foster tore the labrum in his right shoulder against Washington and underwent shoulder surgery in February.

During his introductory press conference last Friday, the Butkus Award winner said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July

"He's a physical player, he's a warrior," Cosell added. "There's not really a weakness physically and athletically and competitively in his game."

Cosell: Pittsburgh quarterback Peterman fits 49ers' scheme

Cosell: Pittsburgh quarterback Peterman fits 49ers' scheme

The 49ers have been transparent in their study of five quarterbacks who are generally regarded at the top of this year’s draft class.

The team has acknowledged meeting and attended workouts of Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes and Davis Webb.

The 49ers are fully expected to draft a quarterback next week. But that list is not limited to just the five quarterbacks who are expected to be chosen within the first two rounds.

But there are certainly more than just those five options for the 49ers. In explaining recently why the 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing Colin Kaepernick, coach Kyle Shanahan explained he prefers quarterbacks of similar styles who fit his offensive system.

“If you have your pick of the best world, you’d like those guys to be somewhat similar,” Shanahan said, “not just because that’s how you want the quarterbacks, just because of the work you’re doing for the rest of the guys on the roster.”

The best fit for Shanahan’s offense after the projected first wave of quarterbacks is Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman, according to one draft expert. The 49ers have kept their interest in Peterman lowkey. The club conducted a formal interview with Peterman at the NFL scouting combine, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“He can run play-action. He’s played under center. He looks like an NFL quarterback,” NFL analyst and senior producer of NFL Films Greg Cosell said of Peterman. “Some people are going to say that his arm is not strong enough, and that’s valid. It may not be. That’s a decision everybody will make on their own. Some guys might say it’s strong enough. Others might say it’s below the level at which you can be a quality starter. That’ll be in the eye of the beholder.”

Peterman (6 foot 2 ½, 226 pounds) started his final two seasons at Pittsburgh after transferring from Tennessee. During his final two college seasons while running a pro-style offense, Peterman completed 378 of 619 pass attempts (61.1 percent) for 5,142 yards with 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Cosell compared Peterman to Hoyer, whom he noted, “doesn’t have a gun” for a throwing arm. Hoyer is expected to be the 49ers’ starting quarterback in 2017. Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only quarterbacks on the 49ers' roster.

“Kyle’s offense starts with the quarterback under center and it’s very detailed and precise and there are very few guys in college football who come from those kinds of offenses,” Cosell said.

Cosell included Miami’s Brad Kaaya as a player with significant experience in a system that translates closely to the NFL.

“They played in pro offenses, so they have some conceptual foundation whereas the other guys have no clue,” Cosell said.

“Theoretically, Brad Kaaya fits. I don’t particularly like the player on tape, but he fits. I think he needs an awful lot of work. That comes down to what a coach feels about the kind of work he needs.”

Kaaya (6-4, 214) completed 60.6 percent of his attempts for 9,968 yards in his three-year career. He threw 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

Cosell: Kelly probably tearing his hair out over Kaepernick 'breaking down'

Cosell: Kelly probably tearing his hair out over Kaepernick 'breaking down'

In the first quarter against the Jets on Sunday, Colin Kaepernick completed all seven of his pass attempts for 95 yards and a touchdown.

His final stat line: 15-for-26 for 133 yards.

What went wrong? Greg Cosell explained on KNBR 680 on Monday evening.

"I could go through plays guys -- and it's hard for people to see it because the explanation you almost need to see the play -- but there were about three or four plays in the second half with Kaepernick that are just so representative of why he's just not really an NFL quarterback that you can look ahead and say, 'He's part of the solution as we go forward to next year,'" Cosell started.

"There are plays, specific plays, where he just breaks down. Or, he throws the ball too hard, a little bit inaccurately. He's ultimately not a touch, pace and precise ball-location quarterback."

Kaepernick has the ability to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a free agent.

He could also opt in but have the 49ers release him before April 1.

There have been several games where Kaepernick put together strong first quarters or first halves, only to struggle the rest of the way.

"He starts breaking down in the pocket and moving when there's absolutely no need to move," Cosell said. "He breaks down plays -- plays that are there ... this is what happens as games progress. He starts out -- there seems to be some comfort level with him as he starts out -- but then as the game progresses, he just breaks down. This continues to happen and I don't know where to go with this.

"I know that Chip Kelly is probably tearing his hair out a little bit because they design some pretty good plays."