Apparently the 49ers really believe in Gabbert (plus a few tweets about their newest CB)

Blaine Gabbert 49ers

In using their third round pick (their only Day 2 selection, since they sent their second round pick to the Chiefs the night before to move up into the first round for Joshua Garnett), they showed the world that they don’t agree with one almost universally agreed-upon assessment: the 49ers need a quarterback. They clearly feel like they have one … in Blaine Gabbert.

Ted Robinson mentioned at least once on KNBR that the 49ers see parallels between Gabbert and the one who got away, Alex Smith. Robinson even went as far as to label Gabbert a possible “Alex Smith 2.0.” So unless Robinson is going off script (doubtful), the 49ers must really, really like Gabbert.

Two things are pretty obvious: the 49ers feel settled at the quarterback position, and they prefer Gabbert over Colin Kaepernick.

  • The 49ers benched Colin Kaepernick in favor of Gabbert last season.
  • They allowed Kaepernick to meet John Elway at Elway’s house. This doesn’t happen when you’re in love with a player.
  • Kaepernick is still recovering from multiple surgeries.
  • They have added one quarterback, but that quarterback was Thad Lewis.
  • They drafted two defensive linemen, two offensive linemen and two cornerbacks with their first six picks.

The 49ers clearly weren’t enamored with any of the quarterbacks in this draft class, but quarterback is kind of an important position (Capt. Obvious reporting for duty). If they weren’t comfortable with Gabbert — if Chip Kelly wasn’t comfortable with Gabbert — then they would’ve made some sort of move. Well, one would think so, anyway.

They also must think DeAndre Smelter (or the CFL guy, Eric Rogers) is ready for primetime, because we’re in the fifth round, they still haven’t drafted a wide receiver, and Quinton Patton is currently the team’s No. 2 wideout.



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