B.J. Daniels to 49ers: How Does the QB Fit with San Francisco?
With the first of three picks in the seventh round, San Francisco selected B.J. Daniels of South Florida at No. 237 overall. During his career with the Bulls, Daniels found the end zone 77 times, as a passer and a rusher.
Although his performance did not always translate to wins in South Florida, the 49ers clearly saw playmaking ability in Daniels.
Let's explore how Daniels might fit in with the 49ers.
How Does Daniels Fit In?
QB B.J. Daniels is very comfortable running the read option, he said. It's something he's done since high school.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) April 27, 2013
With the trade of Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, the 49ers were thrust into a position where they had to find a capable backup quarterback.
After Colin Kaepernick asserted himself as the starter in 2012, he caused a shakeup on the depth chart, and now the 49ers are in the midst of rearranging things. They brought in Colt McCoy in a trade from Cleveland, who fixes to be the No. 2 this year (h/t ESPN).
However, the 49ers are all about competition breeding results. Therefore, nothing will be handed to McCoy.
After the acquisition of McCoy, the 49ers still worked out QB Nate Montana, son of Hall of Famer and San Francisco legend, Joe Montana. And after bringing in Daniels via the draft, the team is clearly not done addressing the position.
Even after the draft, the 49ers will likely pursue undrafted free agents for potential camp bodies.
And that’s what Daniels is right now: a training camp body. The seventh-rounder selected by San Francisco is merely being invited to training camp. Once he arrives, he will have to prove he belongs.
His Role in 2013
Admittedly, Daniels is not a traditional pocket passer, having demonstrated dual-threat ability at the collegiate level.
At 5’11” and 222 pounds, he doesn’t have the ideal measurables to play QB at the pro level. Most scouts would deem him to be undersized. However, early-to-mid-round prospects like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have proved those same scouts wrong before.
Daniels is an elusive passer who uses his legs to avoid pressure and keep the play alive.
During his time with the Bulls, he flashed playmaking ability from the quarterback position, but injuries and consistency persisted as issues. Daniels is a player who is begging to be coached up, and he could thrive in the QB environment that Harbaugh has established in San Francisco.
Moreover, with his similar measurables and stylistic approach, the 49ers may relegate Daniels to the practice squad and use him as Russell Wilson’s stand-in during practices.
This is the kind of creative thinking that keeps the 49ers a step ahead of the rest of the league.
And with his athleticism, the 49ers will not rule out a move to wide receiver or defensive back.
Dylan DeSimone is the San Francisco 49ers' lead columnist for Bleacher Report. A former NFL journalist and fantasy football writer for SB Nation, Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area, Dylan now writes for B/R.
To talk football with Dylan, follow him on Twitter @DeSimone80
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