Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Who will be Kaepernick's backup?
By Tim Kavanagh
The San Francisco 49ers are a team that was already wealthy in draft picks for 2013, and got even moreso thanks to their trade of QB Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for the Chiefs' second-rounder (No. 34 overall). But the move also leaves them with a void in their QB stable: namely, who will now be the backup to starter Colin Kaepernick?
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that, for now, the answer to that question is Scott Tolzien, the Niners' No. 3 QB in 2012. However, there's another possibility: the Niners could bring back Josh Johnson -- who Tolzien beat out for a roster spot last preseason. Johnson was once coached by Jim Harbaugh back at the University of San Diego, and is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
The other option is to use one of their
bazillion 15 draft picks on the position. Sure, there's no QB prospect that's believed to be able to step in as a Day One starter (as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden did out of the 2012 rookie class), but the Niners don't need a Day One starter. They can draft a prospect that is of a similar mold to Kaepernick and have a similar understudy available if and when Kaepernick gets hurt.