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C.J. Beathard and the 2017 49’ers Draft

From Peter King’s MMQB column discussing being in the 49’ers Draft room:
 
“…and someone suggested moving from early in the fourth round to late in the third, five spots up, to snare the only quarterback Shanahan wanted in this draft: Iowa’s C.J. Beathard. “We’d all sleep a little better if we got him instead of waiting ’til tomorrow,” York said.
 
So they dealt for the 104th pick to choose Beathard, the grandson of former Super Bowl GM Bobby Beathard. “He processes the game so well,” Shanahan said. “Tough as s—. Got a chance. He reminds me a lot of Kirk Cousins.”
C.J. Beathard started at quarterback his final two seasons at Iowa and led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl in 2015.
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C.J. Beathard started at quarterback his final two seasons at Iowa and led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl in 2015.
 
Of course, there is an almost mythological quality to this trade. Think of it. In 1979, Bill Walsh, with only veteran journeyman Steve DeBerg to give him a chance to win that season, waited until the end of round three to take a lightly regarded Midwestern quarterback, Joe Montana. In 2017, John Lynch, with only veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer to give him a chance to win this season, waited until the end of round three to take a lightly regarded Midwestern quarterback, C.J. Beathard.
 
“Oh my God,” Beathard said upon learning his link to Montana. “That is crazy. Wow. Joe Montana. Wow.”
 
Pretty cool. Not saying it going to happen or that Beathard is the next Joe Montana, but Beathard has to be pretty proud to be drafted by a team like the 49’ers and have he head coach that thinks that highly of him.
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