By Justin Bradford
The 49ers don’t have many holes on their roster. However, with continued success players expect to be heavily rewarded for that success. That’s the way the game works. That’s why the 49ers were unable to bring back key players like FS Dashon Goldson and TE Delanie Walker.
Thankfully, the 49ers have one of the best coaching staffs in the league and have the ability to develop young talent. In order to prepare for the loss of more key players at the end of this season, the 2013 draft class will be very important. Let’s take a look at some players for key positions that could very likely end up on the 49ers draft board and worthy of one of the 14 picks.
This week we’ll start with quarterbacks.
Current roster: Colin Kaepernick, Scott Tolzien, Colt McCoy.
Status: Kaepernick is the starter. Do not expect that to change barring injury. The competition for the backup spot will be between former Cleveland Browns starter Colt McCoy and the 3rd string QB Scott Tolzien. Both QBs are in the final year of their contracts, with McCoy eating up $2.3 million against the cap vs. Tolzien’s $550k. McCoy has the intangibles and is the better athlete, but Tolzien has been around the past two years and knows the system better. That leaves room for a late round rookie on the practice squad.
Style: A true pocket passer limits an Offensive Coordinator’s options. Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman love versatility and having lots of options. They acquired McCoy for his mobility, and Tolzien isn’t a statue either. However, neither has a strong arm nor can make the difficult throws when needed.
Possibilities: Matt Scott from Arizona and Sean Renfree from Duke appear as likely options for the 49ers. Both have strong arms, good size, and good mobility. Both will also need some time to develop, but Harbaugh has proven that isn’t a deterrant. These two could step in and run a pistol formation offense because of their mobility and football intelligence. Pistol formation plays require quick reflexes and great agility. These two QBs appear to have good agility with the arm to make tough throws.
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah agreed with my QB selection in Matt Scott from Arizona. Check Out this article: