Who will be the 49ers’ backup quarterback next season?
Probably not Blaine Gabbert or Josh Johnson, a couple of free-agent retreads the 49ers should not re-sign. The Niners need to find a quarterback worth developing, a quarterback with a future.
I count five quarterbacks who fit that description in the upcoming draft:
Tier 1: Marcus Mariota. A dual-threat quarterback who is quicker and faster than Kaepernick.
Tier 2: Jameis Winston. A pro-style quarterback who is a better pocket passer than Kaepernick.
Tier 3: Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty, Bryan Bennett. Athletic, strong-armed quarterbacks who are not yet better than Kaepernick in any one area, but could be after a year or two of development.
Which quarterback do you think the 49ers’ should target? My vote goes to Bennett. The Niners could wait until the fourth or fifth round to draft him. He has the best value.
Mariota and Winston are expected to get drafted in the first round before the 49ers pick, but, if one of them drops to No.15, should the 49ers draft him? Why or why not?