The end of February brings uncertainty this year for the San Francisco 49ers and the rest of the NFL.
The NFL Players' Association's Collective Bargaining Agreement with the league owners is set to expire March 3, and as recently as last week, scheduled negotiations were called off with parties claiming it was "not productive to be in the same room."
Nobody knows whether an agreement will be reached before the deadline, nor what the offseason and upcoming regular season will look like if that fails to happen.
One thing is certain, however: the NFL Combine and NFL Draft will proceed as planned, regardless of other circumstances. This has scouts and general managers across the league booking tickets to Indianapolis as they try to finalize their draft boards and address team needs.
The 49ers are a team with many needs, but high on the list is quarterback. As previously established, the 49ers should pursue a two-pronged approach in addressing their QB need, bringing in a veteran for the short-term and drafting a rookie for long-term development.
While the 49ers definitely should not pursue a QB in the first or even second round of this year's draft. They would be remiss if they went through all seven rounds without adding a prospect under center, especially with the departure of Nate Davis earlier this offseason.
The 49ers have a wide variety of possibilities to choose from in this year's draft, hailing from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh will have a full plate in trying to determine who among them is the best fit for this (hopefully) re-emerging team.
As with the previous series of articles highlighting short-term QB options (here and here), herein is a two-part analysis and ranking of draft prospects at QB, whom the 49ers may look to develop for the future.
This list has been expanded to include a full 12 options, with part one highlighting No. 12 through No. 7: