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March 11, 2011
Harbaugh on hand to evaluate QB Dalton

Trent Baalke, the 49ers general manager, attended Cam Netwon's workout earlier in the week, but it was the team's quarterback guru, Jim Harbaugh, who was at TCU quarterback Andy Dalton's workout today. This according to NFL Network's Gil Brandt, who spotted Harbaugh among a number of offensive coaches for the Horned Frogs' session.

Dalton is known as a confident and efficient passer who completed 66.1 percent of his passes last season. He threw for 2,857 yards with 27 touchdowns against six interceptions. Like the two top quarterbacks in the draft - Auburn's Newton and Missouri's Blaine Gabbert - Dalton operated in a quarterback-friendly spread system. One of the question marks is how he'll adjust to a pro-style offense. Another is that he doesn't have elite athleticism - Harbaugh likes guys who can move (see: Johnson, Josh; Luck, Andrew) - and has only adequate arm strength. Dalton measured 6-2, 213 pounds at the Senior Bowl.

Dalton is one of several quarterbacks projected to be taken in the second round where the 49ers hold the 13th pick. As discussed earlier this week, with so many teams in need of a quarterback - and with so few first-round possibilities - there is expected to be a good amount of jockeying by teams in the second round. Brandt notes that Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden also is on hand for Dalton's workout. Cincinnati is one of several teams who could be in the market for a quarterback (Carson Palmer has demanded a trade) and who pick ahead of the 49ers in Round 2.

Round 2 order:
1. New England - from Carolina (2-14)
2. Buffalo* (4-12)
3. Cincinnati* (4-12)
4. Denver (4-12)
5. Cleveland (5-11)
6. Arizona* (5-11)
7. Tennessee* (6-10)
8. Dallas (6-10)
9. Washington* (6-10)
10. Houston (6-10)
11. Minnesota* (6-10)
12. Detroit (6-10)
13. San Francisco* (6-10)

* team in need of a quarterback

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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