NFL Draft: 49ers Can Mine for Tarnished QB Treasures Like Quinn, Leinart

April 17, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The San Francisco 49ers and their fans might want to think outside the box as the organization tries to find a quarterback (or two, or three) to play for head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2011.
They should consider that there's not a proven NFL quarterback available in the draft. They're all college stars who, apparently, have skills that might translate to success in the NFL. So why focus only on this year's crop of draft-eligible quarterbacks? Perhaps the 49ers should consider a larger pool of passers who came out of college drawing rave reviews from draft analysts.
The same NFL draft geeks who are praising quarterbacks like Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Auburn Cam Newton were raving about about Brady Quinn when he was coming out of Notre Dame.
NFL insiders who love Arkansas' Ryan Mallet and Washington's Jake Locker were once predicting that USC's Matt Leinart would be the clear No. 1 overall pick—until Leinart opted to stay in school for an extra season. The following ...

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