49ers in no rush at QB, take C.J. Beathard in 3rd round

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49ers select a developmental project in QB C.J. Beathard from Iowa in the 3rd round of the NFL draft.

Despite the San Francisco 49ers need at quarterback, general manager John Lynch appears to be in no rush and may be looking to the future for a franchise quarterback, giving up a fourth (number 109 overall) and a seventh (number 219 overall) to draft a developmental project. Lynch’s fourth trade of the draft led to selecting Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard with the 104th pick of the third round.

C.J. Beathard was a two year starter for Iowa and had a less productive senior year than was expected. Beathard comes from a pro-style system and is comfortable taking snaps under center. C.J. trusted his offensive line almost to a fault after being sacked 58 times in two years. Nevertheless, he stands still and strong in the pocket and does not get rattled. Beathard has a quick throwing motion and is at his best in the short to intermediate routes.


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Beathard has a decent play-action fake. He also has no problem staying in the pocket and taking a hit to make the play. C.J.’s demeanor is always calm and collected even after an interception or taking a big hit.


C.J. is not very mobile and a knee injury in 2016 did not help. He can move around in the pocket to extend the play but it is hard to see first-down scrambles in his future. When Beathard does move around he always keeps his eyes downfield, which is about the only times he makes it past his first read.


Beathard has a great throwing motion but does not help himself with his footwork. Way too often, CJ refuses to transfer his weight to his front foot when making a throw, which kills all power and ball speed. The result of his sloppy footwork are a lot of tipped or intercepted passes.


The 49ers front office has already said C.J. will be the third string quarterback behind Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. It seems that new head coach and quarterback guru Kyle Shanahan now has a shiny new toy to work on, but will probably be looking to free agency or the draft in 2018 for his franchise quarterback.

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