SF 49ers NFL Draft: 6 quarterbacks to target who aren’t Zach Wilson

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports /
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Jamie Newman, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest Demon Deacons quarterback Jamie Newman (12) Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

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SF 49ers QB Target No. 4: Jamie Newman, Georgia

The NFL has started a shift towards more mobile quarterbacks, and the SF 49ers don’t have a shortage of them in their own division: the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray.

So it’s an intriguing thought Kyle Shanahan might want to follow this lead and opt for a signal-caller who can make plays with his arm but is just as dangerous with his legs.

As far as rushing quarterbacks go, Georgia’s Jamie Newman is about as intriguing as it gets.

Jamie Newman Passing Table
Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
*2017 Wake Forest ACC FR QB 1 2 4 50.0 8 2.0 -9.3 0 1 16.8
*2018 Wake Forest ACC SO QB 6 84 141 59.6 1083 7.7 7.7 9 4 139.5
*2019 Wake Forest ACC JR QB 12 220 361 60.9 2868 7.9 8.0 26 11 145.3
2020 Georgia SEC SR QB
Career Overall 306 506 60.5 3959 7.8 7.8 35 16 142.7
Wake Forest 306 506 60.5 3959 7.8 7.8 35 16 142.7

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
Generated 12/1/2020.

Newman rushed for 574 yards and six touchdowns with Wake Forest in 2019 before transferring to Georgia in 2020. And while he has some issues with accuracy, as indicated by his 60.9-percent completion percentage last year, Newman is capable of making short- and intermediate-area throws through tight windows.

One of the problems, though, is Newman’s decision to opt out of 2020, which cuts the tape on him and eliminates the chance to see his progression towards NFL status. His pre-draft workouts will be key in determining his stock value, where he winds up being selected and whether or not the SF 49ers would even be interested.

Perhaps Round 4 would be a good value for San Francisco.