They do, however, seem very interested in drafting a quarterback themselves. Head coach Jim Harbaugh attended Iowa's second pro day on Monday to again scout quarterback Ricky Stanzi. Stanzi is expected to be available in the third round if the 49ers opt to pass on picking a quarterback with either the No. 7 or No. 45 picks in the draft.
NFL draft analysts believe that Stanzi is actually better suited to run Harbaugh's West Coast offense than either Gabbert or Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.
(Stanzi to 49ers: http://bit.ly/esW3r2)
The Redskins are interested in trading up in the draft to select Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but no credible sources are mentioning the 49ers as trade partners with head coach Mike Shanahan's club.
Gabbert's stock has slipped and NFL Network's Mike Lombardi does expect he will be available to the 49ers with the No. 7 pick. The 49ers, Lombardi said, have only "lukewarm" interest in Gabbert.
NFL.com's Jake La Canfora reported that the Redskins are seeking to trade up from the No. 7 spot in the first round in order to draft Gabbert, leading some conjecture in the San Francisco-area media that the 49ers might deal the No. 7 overall selection to Washington for the No. 10 pick, lower-round picks and, potentially, even veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb.
La Canfora, however, specifically reported that NFL general managers "are convinced" that the Redskins will trade up for the Broncos' No. 2 overall pick. The Redskins would then select Gabbert with that pick. The report also states that Denver is "immensely receptive" to swapping the No. 2 pick in the draft.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Kevin Lynch followed the NFL.com report with a story offering his opinion that the 49ers-Redskins trade is "a real possibility."
(San Francisco Chronicle: http://bit.ly/mNSZGJ)
However, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon that Shanahan's Redskins are considering trading down to pick up middle-round draft picks. They have the No. 10 and No. 41 overall selections, but currently don't have picks in either the third or fourth rounds.
(Washington Post: http://wapo.st/lXBI9w)
Shanahan used his pre-draft news conference to explain why Washington would benefit from using the No. 10 overall pick to trade down and not up.
“If somebody comes up and all of a sudden at that tenth pick they have something they want and we can move back and pick up additional picks, yeah that could be a real reality,” Shanahan said. “Especially if we’re able to get real value."
In other news on the eve of the NFL draft, 49ers' Comcast Sports Bay Area beat writer Matt Maiocco's mock draft has San Francisco using the No. 7 overall pick to select Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara.
Maiocco has LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson going No. 5 overall to the Arizona Cardinals. He has the 49ers passing on Gabbert, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairly and North Carolina defensive end-outside linebacker Robert Quinn.
(Comcast Sports Mock Draft: http://bit.ly/iOK5LG)
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