Friday, April 29, 2011
Second-round quarterback considerations
By Mike Sando
The first round of the 2011 NFL draft was notable in the NFC West for the players teams did not select -- quarterbacks available when Arizona and San Francisco selected.
The second round presents a second chance for the Cardinals, 49ers and Seattle Seahawks to address their quarterback situations. I would single out the 49ers as most likely among the three to pursue a quarterback at this stage, based on the lack of a developmental prospect at the position.
It's also conceivable no NFC West team will value the remaining quarterbacks enough to use a second-round choice for one. Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett, Colin Kaepernick, Ricky Stanzi and Tyrod Taylor are generally ranked among the top remaining quarterbacks; all but Stanzi and Taylor were projected as first- or second-round selections when Scouts Inc. put together a seven-round mock draft.
The seven-round mock sent Locker to Arizona at No. 38, 30 spots after the Tennessee Titans selected him. It had Blaine Gabbert going to San Francisco at No. 7, three spots before Jacksonville selected him. Stanzi was a fourth-round projection to Seattle.
The 49ers hold the 13th choice of the second round. Here's a thought: What if the Oakland Raiders jumped past the 49ers to snag a successor to Jason Campbell, who is entering the final year of his contract? The chart lists every second-round pick, with thoughts on quarterback situations for each team.