Putting his athleticism on display, quarterback B.J. Daniels made noise and set records at South Florida. The San Francisco 49ers saw enough of him, that they used their 237th-overall pick on the dual-threat signal-caller. While it’s highly unlikely that he makes the 53-man roster as a backup quarterback, Daniels’ versatility gives him hope to contribute in the early stages of his pro career.
During the team’s rookie minicamp, Daniels has been fielding punts and kickoffs in addition to working out as a passer and running back. The 5’11’’, 217-pound quarterback presents a diverse skill set that could benefit the 49ers.
Daniels is determined to make the team as a quarterback. He has belief in his ability and it’s the position he’s played throughout college. However, he still needs a lot of work in his fundamentals. At the very least, he’ll provide some added competition to backups Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien.
But Daniels could be an intriguing option if he converts to running back or receiver. Throughout his five years at South Florida, he accumulated 2,068 rushing yards to go along with a school record 25 rushing touchdowns. Daniels has the ideal size for a runner and displayed excellent mobility in college.
An alternative, and more realistic route for the rookie could be on the scout team. Coming into camp as a late-round pick, making the final roster as a quarterback or skill position player presents a daunting challenge in and of itself. If Daniels shows promise, he’d be a valuable asset to San Francisco as a scout-team passer.
With the presence of dual-threat quarterbacks on the rise, having an athlete like Daniels run the scout-team offense would help prepare the 49ers throughout the week. In 2013, the 49ers will take on the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins. Each have a mobile quarterback at their disposal, and Daniels would give the 49ers defense a better feel for their tendencies.
Even though the seventh-round selection has a steep task ahead of him, his positives will benefit the 49ers in a variety of ways.