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49ers Now Have Two Quarterbacks from 2011 Draft


With the acquisition of Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars, the San Francisco 49ers have managed a rarity: two quarterbacks from the same draft on one roster. Furthermore, both were taken in the first two rounds. Finally, the one taken first of the two is now the unquestioned backup.

The Washington Redkins, of course, have both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. Few other teams that I can think of, at least, have or have had this scenario recently. Gabbert is an intriguing prospect, even at this stage in his career, as he possesses all of the physical tools necessary to succeed as an NFL quarterback. Like former 49er Alex Smith, Gabbert was the victim of an incredibly bad team and coaching staff turnover. If Jim Harbaugh can do to Gabbert what he did for Colin Kaepernick and Smith, well, the NFL may have a new quality starter on its hands in 3 years.

No one, however, is suggesting that Gabbert will replace Kaepernick. The 49ers do, however, now have a plan B should Kaepernick regress or fail to further develop his passing game. Much more importantly–and pertinently–the 49ers just mighgt have the quality backup QB that they have been craving ever since they parted ways with Smith.

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  • loverpoint

    After fulfilling his contract for this season Gabbert should sign on for at least 2 years to get caught up on how to be a QB in the NFL . When Harbaugh puts his stamp of approval on Gabbert after 2 years the 49ers will trade Gabbert to a team that he will fit in and start, just like he did with Alex Smith. 2 years is not a long time to wait, he will only be 27.

    Wonderlic Scores:
    Kaepernick – 38
    Alex Smith – 40
    Gabbert – 42

    • loverpoint

      Colt McCoys Wonderlic score – 25 . Now you know why he didn’t work out.

      If Gabbert is listening he should pay attention to these words of advice; If the 49ers offer you a reduction in salary and an extension for 2 years, take it. In three years you will be making what a full time QB makes.

      • Douglas Totten

        Haha. Harbaugh has a way with QBs. . .

    • Douglas Totten

      Wonderlics are not everything, but that is quite interesting.

  • loverpoint

    Jim Harbaugh says he loves stirring up the competition. This spring the competition will be razor sharp. This will allow both QB’s to step up their game. After 2 years with the 49ers I could see them trading him to who knows, maybe Oakland, but a more likely landing spot will be the NYJ’s in 2016.

    • Douglas Totten

      I presume you are referring to Gabbert and not Kap. You could very well be right. Nothing like turning a 7th round pick into, say a 3rd, eh?