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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Jim Harbaugh back to scouting QBs

By Bill Williamson

As I end a day of meetings at ESPN headquarters, I see that Jim Harbaugh is making news again.

This time, it’s for a reason that relates to his work -- he is looking at another quarterback.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Harbaugh was one of two NFL coaches at Northwestern’s pro day (the other was new Houston coach Bill O'Brien). Both men were there to see Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and put him through a private workout.

Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, worked out several quarterbacks in 2011, his first year as the 49ers' coach. He ended up taking Colin Kaepernick in the second round. Now, the 49ers may be poised to select a backup for Kaepernick.

The 49ers have the No. 56 and No. 61 picks in the second round. If the right quarterback is there, I could see them biting, although I thinks it's more likely the 49ers would be apt to take a quarterback in the third or fourth rounds.

Garoppolo is likely a second-round pick -- he does have mobility and could fit what the 49ers do. I usually don't put a lot of stock in pre-draft scouting. But when it comes to quarterbacks it’s a different story, especially when Harbaugh is involved.

I think Garoppolo is definitely a player to keep an eye on for the 49ers. Here are some other quarterbacks the team could look at throughout the draft process.