The San Francisco 49ers are looking far and wide for quarterback options, and it would appear that will include an under the radar prospect from New York. NFL.com editor Chris Trapasso is reporting the 49ers have a private workout scheduled with University of Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata sometime this month. Trapasso reported this news back on March 9 after the Buffalo Pro Day, and added this tweet:
For #49ers wondering about Licata: 3-year full-time starter @ Buffalo. Threw 69TD/34INT in that span. 61% comp. 6'2" / 215. Has 9 3/8" hands— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) March 9, 2016
There is not a whole lot of information out there about Licata, but I've found a few things. First up, an August 2015 preview of the Mid American conference, breaking down the top five prospects by position.
Looking for a strong senior season after offseason hip surgery. Holds Buffalo' all-time passing touchdown record. Licata is a leader who has an NFL caliber skill set. Licata has good accuracy and protects the ball but will need to improve on mobility and decision making in 2015.
Licata's senior season saw him complete 280 of 449 passes (62.4 percent) with 2,969 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. His interception total went up each year with 8 in 2013, 11 in 2014, and then the 15 in 2015. He appears to be the most notable quarterback in school history.
Some place called Beyond Sports Network had a scouting report in early February. They like his ability to throw under duress in the pocket, but also suggest he might hold onto the ball too long at times. They say he has the ability to use his legs as needed, but don't get into much detail on that. They along with the MAC article above project him as anywhere from a 6th round pick to an undrafted free agent. Back in early 2014, our Buffalo Bulls website put together thoughts on him heading into the offseason before the 2014 season, so it's a little dated.