Being a fan of college hoops, I was looking forward to last night’s championship game. After about four minutes, I started searching for other things to occupy my attention.
Luckily, just a minute or two into the second half, the phone rang. It was Rob Rang who rang. He returned my call at the perfect time.
Rang has become one of the most-respected draft experts based on his work with NFLDraftScout.com. Rather than watch the conclusion of the basketball game, I spent an hour on the phone talking about the 49ers’ draft.
He shared his insights on just about every position of need for the 49ers in the draft. He provided way too much information and opinion to post in one blog entry, so we’ll break it up over several days.
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Today, the 49ers are expected to have three players visit their
Let’s focus a little on the quarterbacks because Freeman’s visit is interesting. In speaking with Rang last night, he believes there is little chance the top two quarterbacks – Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez – will last until the 49ers select with the No. 10 overall pick.
Therefore, teams that want a quarterback might feel inclined to move up to get Freeman. After the top three quarterbacks, there is simply not a lot out there for a team desperate to find someone at that position, Rang said.
Here are Rang’s thoughts on the quarterbacks, and how it affects the 49ers:
“I don’t think they’re necessarily getting that much better if they take a quarterback,” Rang said. “You’d still have a young kid who is unproven, just like Alex (Smith) is. But at least Alex has been around and knows the system. And if he’s going to be known as anything other than a bust, he’s going to have to work his butt off. So he’s going really be trying to prove something.”
Q: So you don’t believe Sanchez would make the 49ers better immediately?
Rang: “Personally, I really like Sanchez. I think he’s got that indefinable ‘it’ quality to him. If he had an opportunity to play more, he could’ve been special and probably warrant No. 1 consideration. The fact he only has 16 starts, you can’t take him at No. 1. I watch him and I see him make plays. He’s a lot more savvy than he has any reason to be for as little as he played in college. He makes plays that get me all excited. Possibly, he would make
Q: What options do the 49ers have if they wait until the middle rounds – 3, 4 or 5 – to get a quarterback to develop?
Rang: “This is such an ugly draft that way. The seniors are so bad. (Tom) Brandstater from
“This is the worst I’ve seen (for quarterbacks) in the last 10 years – maybe longer than that. The fact that Pat White is getting all this talk as a quarterback is just an indication of how bad it is. He can throw the ball, but that doesn’t make him a quarterback. You’ll never win consistently with him as a legit quarterback. The wildcat stuff has everybody excited about him.”
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