49ers to host draft'south top QBs, Wentz and Goff, this week

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 10:07 PM

Team officials, including coach Chip Kelly, already have taken near looks at the two passers. Kelly attended Cal'south March eighteen pro day and was on hand for a second throwing session with Goff in Berkeley later in the month.

49ers to host draft'south top QBs, Wentz and Goff, this week

SANTA CLARA -- The top two quarterbacks in the draft, Cal'south Jared Goff and ND State'south Carson Wentz, will be in Santa Clara this week to visit with the 49ers.

Team officials, including coach Chip Kelly, already have taken near looks at the two passers. Kelly attended Cal'south March eighteen pro day and was on hand for a second throwing session with Goff in Berkeley later in the month. The team also sent representatives, including quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, to Fargo to look Wentz work out.

With the draft a tiny more than two weeks away, the question is whether either quarterback will reach the 49ers at choose No. seven. One of them likely will be taken by the Browns, who have the second overall pick. There has been plenty of speculation that another team could create a trade with the Titans, who have the first pick, and choose a quarterback at that spot. TN drafted a quarterback, Marcus Mariota, early in latest year's draft.

Goff and Wentz have been visiting quarterback-needy teams for weeks, and those teams typically love to meet with them in back-to-back visits so they can better compare the two.

That'south what'll occur late this week in Santa Clara. Goff is eligible to meet with the 49ers at their so-called 'local' pro day on Wednesday. Wentz could arrive in the following day.

The draft stakes, of course, are high for a 49ers team with a murky quarterback situation.

They haven't been in the market for a passer since two thousand eleven when, in Jim Harbaugh'south first year as head coach, they selected Colin Kaepernick in the second round. Kaepernick'south status is presently tenuous after he requested a trade in February. Trade talks with the Broncos are on hold, but the two teams -- as well as Kaepernick -- stay interested and discussions are likely to rekindle during the draft.

If Kaepernick is dealt, Blaine Gabbert would be the frontrunner to start the season. Gabbert, however, isn't signed beyond two thousand sixteen and could be signed far in March.

Below that scenario, any quarterback the team drafts this mo would be the favorite to start in two thousand-seventeenth and beyond.

Goff threw forty-three touchdowns latest season at Cal and has been praised for his fast decision making -- fundamental in Kelly'south offense -- and for his skill to toss from an NFL-style pocket.

Wentz, meanwhile, is bigger and more athletic than Goff, which maybe would appeal to Kelly, who mostly was without excellent running quarterbacks during a three-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he started only seven games latest year because of a wrist injury, and his level of contest in the MO Valley Conference might worry some teams.

If both are gone, the 49ers could turn to a strategy they used in two thousand-eleventh: Get the best defensive player available at choose No. seven and then utilize the second choose on a quarterback.

If that'south the case, the 49ers might see to MI State'south Connor Cook, whom they worked out latest month, or Memphis' Paxton Lynch, who'd his pro-day session last week.

The multiple meetings and throwing sessions the 49ers have had with Goff and Wentz aren't surprising. That was the routine in two thousand-fifth when they'd the No. one overall choose and had to determine between Cal'south Aaron Rodgers and Utah'south Alex Smith.

The 49ers opted for Smith while Rodgers fell to the Packers at choose No. twenty-four. Smith struggled on San Francisco'south talent-starved teams early on in his career while Rodgers had to bide his time in Green Bay as a backup behind incumbent Brett Favre.

Rodgers eventually became the starter, won two NFL MVP awards and led the Packers to a win in Super Bowl XLV. The 49ers dealt Smith to the KS City in two thousand-thirteenth when it seemed as if Kaepernick was their quarterback of the future.

With Smith leading the offense, the Chiefs have had winning records the latest three seasons, and he made the playoffs in two of the three years.

 

 

 

 

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