NFL draft prospects at QB shine spotlight on smaller schools

This is my feature on the allure of quarterbacks who went to non-major-conference colleges. For the past five years, every quarterback who was chosen in the first round of the NFL draft went to a major-conference college. Meaning a college in the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC or ACC. Forget that trend. Draft gurus expect three quarterbacks who went to non-major-conference colleges to get drafted in Round 1 this…

April 25, 2014

New 49ers mock draft

I’m keeping this mock draft short and sweet. Pick 30: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. The 49ers will take the best slot cornerback available. If Roby is gone, Jason Verrett will be the pick. Kyle Fuller also is an option, but it seems doubtful he will last until the 30th pick. Pick 56: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado. One of the fastest receivers in the draft. A true deep threat, like DeSean Jackson….

March 16, 2014

49ers need Kap insurance

This is my column for Wednesday. The 49ers need a new quarterback. This is not to say the 49ers should give up on Colin Kaepernick — with the right coaching he may still have a future. But they shouldn’t go all in with him, either. The 49ers should hedge their bets, draft a quarterback who could back up Kaepernick as a rookie and could eventually take over as the starter…

January 22, 2014