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Friday, April 11, 2014
Kiper intrigued by how QBs fit in draft

By Bill Williamson

One of the most interesting, confusing positions in the 2014 draft, according to ESPN expert Mel Kiper, is the quarterback position.

“It can go a lot of ways,” Kiper said.

Kiper said opinions very greatly about the prospects. He said there could be a situation where 12 different teams could have 12 different top-rated players at the position this year. The San Francisco 49ers are one of those teams that have to shuffle through the confusion. Quarterback is one of the positions the 49ers are expected to look at in the mid-rounds as they try to develop a backup behind starter Colin Kaepernick. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been working out quarterbacks this spring.

Two of the quarterbacks Harbaugh has worked out -- Eastern Illinois Jimmy Garoppolo and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas -- are two of the more intriguing second-tier quarterbacks to Kiper. He thinks Garoppolo has a chance to go early in the second round because some teams are big believers in him. I'd be surprised if the 49ers used that high of a pick on a quarterback this year.

Kip thinks Logan could be a fit for the 49ers. Last week, he pegged the 49ers taking Thomas with the final pick of the third round. Kiper said Thomas is an intriguing player who has ability but whose play regressed as his college career went on.

“He is a physical freak,” Kiper said of Thomas.

If the timing is right, I could see Kiper being right and Thomas ending up being a Harbaugh project in this topsy-turvy quarterback class.