Possible QB target for 49ers at No. 2 declares for draft

Possible QB target for 49ers at No. 2 declares for draft

If the 49ers do not already have their long-term quarterback situation figured out by the end of April, one option officially became available on Monday for the NFL draft.

North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced his plan to forego his final season of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft. The first round will be held on April 27.

“Going to the NFL has been my goal ever since I was a little boy,” Trubisky wrote on The Players Tribune. “And now that I have that chance, I’m incredibly excited.”

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Of course, the draft is seven weeks after the start of the new league year, at which point teams can sign veteran free agents and make trades.

Trubisky is one of three quarterbacks who is likely be selected in the first round, along with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. The quarterback-needy Cleveland Browns own the top overall selection. Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, though, is widely considered to be the top prospect in the draft.

Trubisky, who is listed as 6 foot 3, 220 pounds, started just one season at North Carolina. He completed 68 percent of his pass attempts with 30 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Tar Heels’ season concluded with a 25-23 loss to Stanford on Dec. 30.

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”