Some observers figured the 49ers might select a mobile quarterback who, one day at least, might be able to substitute for Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco's diverse offense. Few thought it might be B.J. Daniels.
The former University of South Florida product has worked out for teams at wide receiver and running back, but he said Jim Harbaugh today told him he'd be given a chance to compete at quarterback for the 49ers. He'll likely vie with Scott Tolzien for the role of third quarterback, and his athleticism would seem to give him value on the practice squad as well. He certainly would offer a good show-team look for Seattle's Russell Wilson.
Daniels (5-11, 222 pounds) rushed for 426 rushing yards and five touchdowns in 2012 before a broken ankle ended his season in November. He has recovered from the injury and was running for scouts before the draft. He had 601 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in 2011.
Daniels said he's familiar with Kaepernick and thinks he can do some of the things that allowed Kaepernick to take the league by storm last season. "Very comfortable," he said when asked about the read-option offense. "It's something I've done dating back to my freshman year in high school."
He's also very familiar with 49ers linebackers coach Jim Leavitt, who was the head coach at USF until 2011. Leavitt recruited Daniels. "He's a really good friend and a close friend of the family, and I have a lot of respect for him," Daniels said.
-- Matt Barrows