The San Francisco 49ers sent a shock wave throughout the entire NFL with the trade for New England Patriots back-up quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. Also, San Francisco subsequently released former starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to make room for Garoppolo on the 53-man active roster. At least for now, it appears that the Kirk-Cousins-to-SF plan is out the window, as the 49ers have two young signal-callers on the roster now with Beathard as the back-up and Garoppolo the starter. It’s time to look to the future and try and see what the 49ers will do in this years draft at the quarterback position.
My advice is too stay away from drafting a quarterback with their presumed top-three pick. Instead, wait until the later rounds where history has proven some of the great quarterbacks in this league’s history can be found (Brady and Montana to name a couple). A quarterback in this year’s draft class whose performance keeps improving, yet his draft stock continually drops is Washington State’s Luke Faulk.
Many NFL experts have argued because Faulk runs Mike Leaches “air-raid” system at Washington State, he will have a harder time adjusting to the NFL’s pro-system (An “air-raid” system is a majority shot-gun offense with four wide receivers and one running back).
Many experts also expect Falk to face many of the problems that division-rival LA Rams faced with Goff last year (if forced into the starting position instantly). With Garoppolo now in place as the 49ers future quarterback for the foreseeable future, Faulk would have enough time to sit comfortably and learn Shanahan’s complex offense and develop accordingly at his own rate. At 6’4, 225 lbs, Faulk matches up evenly to one of the most notable quarterbacks to run Shannhan’s offense — Atlanta’s Matt Ryan. Faulk’s numbers in this season through eight games (68% completion percentage and 25 TDs/7 INTs) come out on top of most of the quarterback prospects coming out of this year class.
Faulk is projected to be a late second or early third-round pick at this point, which is by the way right around where 49ers legend Joe Montana was drafted coming out of Notre Dame (third-round, 82nd overall).
From a deal with the Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 49ers have an additional mid-round second-round in next year’s draft. Also, San Francisco has two third-round picks to go along with that (their own and one from the Chicago Bears). Faulk could be the perfect QB prospect to be groomed by new signal-caller Jimmy G, and we all know Kyle Shanahan is willing to roll the dice on multiple quarterbacks at once. The perfect scenario for the Washington State product might in fact be San Francisco.