While the Niners have a couple of throwers already on their roster, today’s SF Chronicle reports that the team has not ruled out going after a high-profile QB in Saturday’s draft. “It’s not like we’d draft a guy and have him compete for the starting job,” general manager Scot McCloughan said Wednesday on the subject of a rookie quarterback. “You can’t force the issue. I have no problem going into training camp with those two (Shaun Hill and Alex Smith) battling it out. I would love to add some competition. I’d like to get better at the position.”
One player that a couple mock drafts have the Niners taking is that of USC QB Mark Sanchez. The problem with that is there are many rumors that Sanchez is now being looked at by a couple of teams in the top 5, meaning that unless the Niners made a move to move up in the draft, he’ll probably be gone.
Georgia QB Matthew Stafford is likely to go #1 to the Lions, and Kansas QB Josh Freeman is a solid pick, but using the number 10 pick on him is probably a stretch. “Sure you could. It’s a good group. It’s important we don’t lose sight of taking the best player,” McCloughan said. “We feel we have a chance to draft a quarterback who has a chance to be a good player.”