I really don't hate to say it, but Kiper is an idiot. While he might speak truth and have insight sometimes, never believe anything he says. Especially when it comes to QBs. Kiper is the one who said publicly on TV during the 2012 draft that Russ Wilson would never play in the NFL because of his height. Those words brought on an immediate, furious criticism by Jon Gruden on the broadcast. It's because Kiper does not know who to evaluate talent. He overlooks film (how a player plays). He's just not a good evaluator of talent.Nomad said:Mel Kiper, Jr., in his mock draft has the 49ers drafting Mitch Trubisky (UNC) with their 2nd OA pick. He thinks Shanahan would want to start fresh with a new QB, as he's demonstrated success with Cousins. Trubisky has really jumped lately in draft status and is now projected by many as the #1 QB prospect. I never saw him play at UNC as most of the attention last year seem to be on Watson & Kizer. The reports say Trubisky has great size, a canon for an arm and good accuracy. We'll have see how he looks at the Combine next month and what his evaluation will be.
Interestingly, Kiper has Watson going to the Bills with the 10th OA pick. If that's the case, IMO, Taylor's gone. I don't think either one of these guys would want to sit the bench, and I doubt Watson coming off a National Championship season is going to want to sit and "wait his time" behind Taylor. Taylor is also coming off of groin surgery.
Just some interesting preliminary stuff with Kiper, who historically is pretty accurate with his insight on draft predictions:
As for the 49ers, they'd be fools to draft a QB at #5 overall. And Kiper is nuts for projecting that. The 9ers have too many holes, and this is not a draft to go selecting a QB in the top-5 or even top-10 overall. This IS a good draft, if the team has a top-5 OA pick and are in need of draft picks (like most teams with a bad record do), of trading down to get more picks. Some big boards have the highest rated QB (Kiser) down in the upper 20's, and the next highest rated QB (Trubisky) in the upper 30's. All the QBs in this draft are reaches if drafted in the top-10 overall.
49ers new GM John Lynch lately has apparently smoothed things over with Kaep, such that Kaep came out of his meeting with Lynch excited, indicating the team wants to keep him around at least for now (being patient, waiting until better QB prospects are available). Lynch is on a steep learning curve with the business side of the GM job, but he is a smart football guy and I guarantee knows this draft landscape. He knows where the talent is and, I think, how to build a winning roster. He can do a lot of things with this draft, like trade down to get more picks and/or start by drafting defensive players (which is where the bulk of the talent is in this draft). If the 49ers are smart, their focus in this draft will be on non-QB positions in the higher rounds (1, 2, and maybe 3rd - and plan to stay with Kaep or one of their other QBs for day 1 of the regular season), but then maybe draft a QB in later rounds (3rd through 7th). Heck, if they are REALLY good in the draft, they will pick up an undrafted free agent QB that becomes a hit, like Seattle did last year with Boyton, who is Seattle's #2 now.