Jim Harbaugh loves competition.
His own brother, and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that he was “the greatest pure competitor” that he had ever met. It’s the reason the 49ers have been successful under his watch and the biggest reason why Colin Kaepernick is currently the starting QB for the 49ers and not Alex Smith, who won 20 of 26 games as starter under Harbaugh.
It’s this competitiveness that will also lead the 49ers to use one of their draft picks on a QB in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Within the last couple of days, Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo has suddenly become a name of interest after Harbaugh attended a private workout that included playing catch with the QB prospect.
Garoppolo is projected to go in the second round of the draft, the same round current 49er QB Colin Kaepernick was taken. With Kap’s contract status up in the air after the 2014 season, could the 49ers take another QB in the second round just four years after selecting Kaepernick?
Although possible, it’s more unlikely to happen.
A better scenario might be for the 49ers to wait until Day 3 of the Draft for the likes of Georgia’s Aaron Murray, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd or perhaps even Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch.
The 49ers will select a QB in the upcoming draft, not because they have to, but because Jim Harbaugh wants to, he loves the competition.