Winners, Losers of the NFL Draft

Complete NFL Draft Results

2011 NFL Draft: 12-Pack of QB Options for the San Francisco 49ers, Pt. 2

« Prev
1 of 15
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
2011 NFL Draft: 12-Pack of QB Options for the San Francisco 49ers, Pt. 2
Chris Trotman/Getty Images

In part one of this list, six quarterbacks eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft were introduced with analysis on why the San Francisco 49ers should or should not consider targeting each as a long-term development project for their future.

Recall from previous articles that I have strongly advocated the approach of acquiring a veteran QB to lead the team in the near-term (pt 1, pt 2), and drafting a rookie to develop and eventually assume or at least compete for the starting job later down the road. In my opinion, there are no viable options in the 2011 NFL Draft that could step in immediately and be a comfortable fit under center for the 49ers. Part one of the list highlighted that well.

The bottom six included all the "top" options that will be available in April, including all QBs currently projecting in the first and second rounds. All of them possess undeniable talent and potential, but all of them carry significant risks as well.

The top-six options are all QBs expected to last until at least the middle rounds of the draft, which will allow the 49ers to focus on defense up front and acquire players that will be able to make more of an immediate contribution with their top picks. It will also spare the 49ers from the high salary that comes with a first-round QB and the temptation to start a rookie under center in a situation that is far from optimal for such an endeavor.

And now the exciting conclusion:

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories

Out of Bounds

San Francisco 49ers

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.