This may sound dumb, but let me explain. This QB class is very dodgy, and there don't seem to be any guys who have a high probability of coming in and starting day 1 for the Niners and succeeding (besides Luck who we won't get, assuming he even declares for the draft). There probably isn’t more than one diamond in the whole entire rookie QB class and the chances of us getting lucky and snagging that guy are pretty slim. This brings me to….
….Troy Smith and Nate Davis. Ok, so I’ll leave Troy Smith out of the picture for just a moment. But what about Nate Davis? The kid has all the physical abilities to be an NFL QB, he just needs special, dedicated teaching to learn an offense and apparently is still a bit immature. But let me ask you this, why is it that much worse to put a ton of work into Nate Davis than to take a chance on a so-so college QB? If you need a coach to baby-sit Nate 24/7 and keep his butt on the practice field/in the film room, why couldn’t we do that? If we get the coaching situation resolved quickly, a new OC would have a lot of time to work on Nate. You also can't forget that Baalke was involved with the Nate Davis draft and may be very high on him. This will be worth keeping an eye on if Baalke does indeed become the Niners GM.
(Here's a link to a wonderful article about this: http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/49ers-QB-Nate-Davis-qb-of-future-or-new-headache)
As for Troy Smith, I am very very intrigued by the rumors that we might land Brian Billick. Billick was in the booth during one of Troy Smith’s starts and he had some very intriguing comments on him. The important part of it went something like this “Troy needs to learn to not throw every pass flat. He needs to be taught put some air under some of his passes.” Troy quickly proved Billick’s point on a deep throw which had perfect accuracy but was “too flat” for the receiver to catch. If Troy had lofted the ball in there, it would have been a completion. You can look back over Troy’s games, you’ll see this happen multiple times. Again, can’t a good coach fix little things like that? Couldn’t a good OC and QB Coach work with Troy on pocket presence, arcing the ball, etc? He certainly has the athleticism, leadership, accuracy and arm strength. Billick seemed to like Troy and to know what he needed to do to be a great QB. Even more intriguing, Billick was Head Coach for Troy Smith’s rookie year and must have liked the kid coming out of college...
So yeah, do you guys really think a raw college guy fresh from the draft would do better than Troy or Nate? More importantly, who has more potential to be a complete not-even-average-bust: Nate, Troy, or some new guy?