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49ers 2014 Draft Forecast: Quarterback

The 49ers could draft one competitor for Blaine Gabbert
The 49ers could draft one competitor for Blaine Gabbert
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The quarterback position for the backup spot behind Colin Kaepernick would seem all but set when the 49ers acquired Blaine Gabbert for a sixth-round draft pick. However, the third-string position would remain uncertain and the 49ers should bring in another competitor who is most likely to go undrafted.

Incumbent third-string QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson joined the roster after the 49ers released B.J. Daniels and John Skelton before him. He spent the rest of the 2013 season on the practice squad.

There were no pre-draft visits that came from the quarterback position, but it doesn't mean the 49ers don't have anyone on their radar. The 49ers have three seventh-round draft picks and a late-round flyer for a quarterback wouldn't hurt. At minimum, an undrafted QB should provide competitio for Bethel-Thompson in training camp.

Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech) 6-6, 248 pounds: Thomas is listed here because Jim Harbaugh himself visited Virginia Tech's Pro Day in Blacksburg. While he had an up and down career in college, Thomas has one of the most intriguing arms in the draft. He is capable of throwing from the pocket as well as using his legs. It will take some extreme coaching from Geep Chryst to develop, but it's obvious that Trent Baalke likes a quarterback with interesting raw measurements. Thomas is projected to be a mid-round draft pick.

Connor Shaw (South Carolina) 6-0, 206 pounds: Shaw is a tough player who has battled injuries like current 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore. He doesn't have the greatest arm strength, but is capable if being dual threat with his high football intelligence. Shaw will most likely be undrafted next week.

Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois) 6-0, 217 pounds: Lynch would fit the bill of a system quarterback in the shotgun as he excelled throughout the college level. He has dual threat abilities, but would need to improve his accuracy if he wants to make any team as a third-string QB. Lynch is expected to be a late-round draft pick or he could go undrafted.

Dustin Vaughn (West Texas A&M) 6-5, 235 pounds: Vaughn was productive at the FCS level of football and has the size that Baalke would like in a quarterback. He isn't the fastest QB, but he is capable of keeping the defense's honest with good accuracy in mid-range throws. Vaughn is projected to go undrafted.


49ers 2014 Draft Picks:

1. First round: Own pick, No. 30 overall
2. Second round: Kansas City Chiefs pick acquired for Alex Smith, No. 56 overall
3. Second round: Own pick, No. 61 overall
4. Third round: Titans pick acquired for a second round pick in a 2013 draft day trade, No. 77 overall
5. Third round: Own pick, No. 94 overall
6. Third round: Compensatory, No. 100 overall
7. Fourth round: Own pick, No. 129 overall
8. Fifth round: Own pick, No. 170 overall
9. Seventh round: Saints pick acquired for Parys Haralson, No. 242 overall
10. Seventh round: Panthers pick acquired for Colin Jones in 2012, No. 243 overall
11. Seventh round: Own pick, No. 245 overall


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