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McShay Discusses 2011 Draft Talent

Posted by Taylor Price on April 14, 2011 – 3:22 PM

Quarterbacks Christian Ponder of Florida State and Andy Dalton of TCU would be good fits in the 49ers West Coast offense according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

In his Thursday pre-draft conference call, the director of college football scouting for ESPN Scouts Inc. said both players could potentially have success in Jim Harbaugh’s offense and should be considered when the 49ers pick No. 45 overall in the second-round.

McShay’s recommendation was a result of a reporter asking why so many quarterbacks were being discussed as first-round selections all of a sudden. The draft expert explained that only two signal callers stand out to him as clear-cut, first-round talents and they are Cam Newton of Auburn and Blaine Gabbert of Missouri.

But that doesn’t mean McShay doesn’t foresee them being the only quarterbacks with bright futures.

He mentioned several quarterbacks who could be successful long-term, including Ponder and Dalton. However, McShay spoke of potential risks from trading back into the first-round to acquire a quarterback. He cited the inconsistent track record of quarterbacks picked in the late first and second rounds of the draft.

McShay used the 49ers as an example of the pros and cons of trading back into the first round to select a quarterback.

“Let’s say you’re San Francisco and Cam Newton goes off the board at No. 1 and Blaine Gabbert goes off the board at No. 4, hypothetically. Now you’re sitting there thinking you might have to package picks to move up to the late first to go get a Ponder or a Dalton to fit our system. But now we’re giving up picks to move up for a quarterback who is not worthy to be a first-half of the first-round draft pick. Why is he not worthy? Historically, how many of these guys have actually succeeded in the last five picks of the first round or in the second round? When you do that, it makes you nervous.”

McShay followed up by reiterating his belief in Ponder and Dalton being successful in a West Coast scheme. He added that prospects like Ryan Mallett of Arkansas and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada would be good fits if teams were looking for a player to drive the ball downfield in the passing game. McShay also mentioned Washington’s Jake Locker as a prospect worth considering for his ability to throw outside the pocket on the move.


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19 Responses to “McShay Discusses 2011 Draft Talent”

  1. By Munson on Apr 14, 2011 | Reply

    After watching Gruden’s QB Camp on ESPN, Andy Dalton comes across as someone I’d want on my team. Brett Favre without the cannon arm, but similar demeanor. If the Niners can grab Dalton in the 2nd round that would be a huge score.

  2. By JasonXFlash on Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    Draft a QB in the 3rd round and have move-in to live with Joe Cool for a yr.

  3. By Jeff on Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    Move in w/Joe – but Joe gives the kid a cold shoulder for the whole year.

  4. By Mr Blue on Apr 15, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe he should live wit Steve for a month and receive counseling on how to deal with Joe Cool to get prepped for life at Casa Cool.

  5. By jay on Apr 16, 2011 | Reply

    You know what really makes me confused is that No one is mentioning Tyrod Taylor. This guy had like hella wins when we he was a starter, has sleeper talents, and his a dual threat qb. He also had more tds than Gabbert and newton!

  6. By 209er on Apr 16, 2011 | Reply

    because tyrod taylor is garbage. knock off vick w/out as much talent…

  7. By Michael on Apr 16, 2011 | Reply

    Why has no one mentioned Taylor? Because he’s a late-round pick. That’s why.

  8. By 4th and 1 on Apr 17, 2011 | Reply

    9ers Mock Draft.

    1. Prince Amukamara (CB)
    2. Ras-I Dowling (CB)
    3. Sam Acho (OLB)
    4. Pat Devlin (QB)
    4/ Taiwan Jones (RB)
    5. Shane Fua (NT)
    6. Owen Mercic (FB)
    6. Kai Forbath (K)

  9. By George on Apr 17, 2011 | Reply

    Does anyone know when camp starts in Santa Clara this year? Have they scheduled any “Open” tryouts this year?

  10. By jose cisneros on Apr 17, 2011 | Reply

    If allthose qb are gone the niners could wait till third or fourth rd and get a qb like R. Stanzi, or P. Devlin two of the top qb with great accurcy and arm strength.

  11. By Festus Banjo on Apr 18, 2011 | Reply

    We wouldnt have even been in this situation if we kept the second coming of Payton Manning—-NATE DAVIS

  12. By John lee on Apr 18, 2011 | Reply

    1st. patrick peterson 2nd. christian ponder 3. Sam Ocho

  13. By justin on Apr 19, 2011 | Reply

    you people are dumb just resign troy smith let him get us a super bowl he is a winner thats what he does he lost too packers 10-6 won super bpwl and lost to bucs 10-6 um thats pretty good seeing what he had to deal with

  14. By dan on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    why are we taking so many d players when our biggist problem is offence.

  15. By Derek Johnson on Apr 22, 2011 | Reply

    Defense wins SBs. We need a CB, (Peterson or Amukamara), WR (Fast), DE, DT, QB, OL, LB, DE. Re-sign Alex Smith he know the niners he is a good QB if you consider all that the Niners have put him through (six OCs, six different offensive systems, poor line protection). I think Harbaugh will have a very positive effect on Alex Smith. We have 12 picks lets get twelve guys in here and add the best of the best. It will only make the Niners better.

  16. By Morgan on Apr 22, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to see the 49ers draft a quaterback. i think that if Ryan Mallet is available in the second round, that’s our pick. we need to get a quarterback though. if not mallet, i think dalton and ponder would be great picks as well.

  17. By John Perez on Apr 23, 2011 | Reply

    In the 1st rnd either Peterson or Prince

    I the 2nd Ponder.

  18. By Phil Johnwell on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t waste the first pick on a quarterback or the second round pick.They need to get rid of that 3,4 defense that don’t work and the draft is deep with defense players..They have a better chance at becoming pro players..We need a journeyman qb to mine the shop for a couple years and take their time looking for a qb of the future..How many collage coaches come to the pros and become successful…49ers should have learned their lesson about qb’s in the draft !

  19. By Thedogg on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply


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