The 49ers are pretty much set at the quarterback position with starter Colin Kaepernick.
Despite a season that was plagued by questions over his consistency, Kaepernick led the 49ers back to the NFC Championship Game and, per Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, are keen to tie him down to a contract extension before the start of the 2014 season (h/t Bill Williamson of ESPN.com).
San Francisco added a backup to Kaepernick by acquiring Blaine Gabbert in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But, although they are secure at quarterback, the prospect of the 49ers selecting one in the draft cannot be ruled out.
Jim Harbaugh is a head coach that loves to develop quarterbacks, as he has already displayed with Kaepernick and his predecessor Alex Smith.
And there are plenty of signal-callers in the draft who may be available for San Francisco on Day 2 or Day 3.
Georgia's Aaron Murray could be an option despite suffering a torn ACL in his final season with the Bulldogs, while the mobile Tajh Boyd of Clemson is a potentially exciting dual-threat project for Harbaugh to mold behind Kaepernick.
Harbaugh has personally watched Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, per Matt Barrows, and put Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois through a private workout.
But if there is one quarterback whose name San Francisco fans should know come the draft, it is one who spent his collegiate career just 11 miles from 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara.
David Fales enjoyed a magnificent spell with the San Jose State Spartans after transferring from Monterey Peninsula College in 2011.
Fales threw for over 8,000 yards and 66 touchdowns in two seasons with the Spartans, with his best performance coming in November last year in a 62-52 win over Fresno State, in which he threw for a career-high six touchdowns and a single-game school record of 547 yards.
An intelligent and mobile pocket passer, Fales shows good touch, accuracy and elusiveness to avoid the rush.
However, at 6'2", Fales lacks the ideal build for an NFL starting quarterback and does not have the arm strength to trouble defenses with his deep ball.
Still, according to Barrows, the Niners were intrigued enough by Fales' potential to attend his pro day, while Harbaugh—per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco—has said he will attend the private workout with the quarterback.
Fales is projected by B/R's Ryan Lownes as a fifth-round selection, which would be a relatively cheap price to pay for a player who excelled so much with San Jose.
Quarterback is far from a pressing need for San Francisco, yet Fales is familiar with the area and should have a connection with Kaepernick having served as a redshirt freshman behind him at Nevada before his transfer to Monterey Peninsula.
The California native's impressive skill set makes him an ideal mid-round choice for San Francisco, and it would be no surprise to see the 49ers select Fales and keep him in the Bay Area.