Logan Thomas—Virginia Tech
My love for Zach Mettenberger has been noted in the past, so I thought we should give some shine to two other solid prospects in Logan Thomas and Brett Smith.
Now, both Smith and Thomas have differing styles. If you want a more developed passer, Smith is your man.
Despite his short frame at 6'2'', Smith is a very developed pocket passer. Smith can make all the pre-snap reads and has the ability to quickly go through his progressions.
Smith has a gunslinger's mentality at times, but his accuracy is actually a plus heading into the upcoming draft.
Thomas won't win coaches' and scouts' hearts with his pocket play, but many believe his upside alone would be worth the risk. Thomas is strictly an athlete at this point, not a quarterback.
With the success of the dual-threat quarterbacks, some team will want to use Thomas's athleticism as a weapon from the pocket. Essentially, some team wants a Colin Kaepernick 2.0.
Why not the 49ers?
Thomas has the arm strength, speed and height—6'6''—to be a first-round pick, but the Virginia Tech product has too many holes in his game. For starters, his pocket awareness is terrible.
Not to mention his shoddy footwork and inaccuracy at times.
If the 49ers select Thomas in the draft, he will be a project. They'll still look to acquire a more stable backup quarterback in free agency if they go the Thomas route.
As stated above, regardless if the 49ers decide to draft a quarterback, Coach Harbaugh will be searching for a veteran signal-caller to back up Colin Kaepernick.
Colt McCoy, who served as Kaepernick's backup this season, will likely hit the road in the offseason. The team hasn't indicated if they want McCoy back, but based off a few of his preseason performances, I can't imagine why the 49ers would want him back.
Outside of Josh McCown, the free-agent list at quarterback is pretty thin.
Shaun Hill would be a good veteran pickup for the 49ers if he decides to play again. The former 49ers quarterback would be a great mentor for Kaepernick.
Rex Grossman is also another option, though I include him only because of his experience. This was quite a while ago, but Grossman actually has Super Bowl experience.
Adding Josh Freeman is unlikely, but you never know. Freeman might want a change of scenery from all the losing. In the meantime, he can develop under one of the best quarterback gurus in Harbaugh without the chaos that usually follows him.