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49ers use virtual reality headset in meeting with Connor Cook

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It is one of the few ways a team can make solid apples-to-apples comparisons among the quarterback prospects.

The San Francisco 49ers have a question at the quarterback position, and the team has spent extensive time in the pre-draft process assessing the options available. Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick might be starting this fall, but odds seem pretty good the team will have a rookie draft pick on the roster.

The team has conducted at least four private workouts and at least three host visits with quarterback prospects. This has included Connor Cook, Jared Goff, Kevin Hogan, Joe Licata, and Carson Wentz. Additionally, the team had some other kind of meeting (Combine, Senior Bowl, etc) with Vernon Adams, Paxton Lynch, and Dak Prescott. This is obviously not a full list, but just what we have heard.

It sounds like the team has taken things a step further in their assessment, at least according to Connor Cook. The Michigan State quarterback told Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live that he used a virtual reality headset during his meeting with the 49ers. Cook said he visited with seven teams, and the 49ers were the only meeting that featured virtual reality.

I would imagine Cook was not the only prospect to use the VR headset while visiting with the 49ers. As Florio put it, this kind of assessment provides an apples-to-apples comparison you cannot otherwise get too frequently when it comes to evaluating which quarterback(s) you want to draft. This is not going to be the only thing the 49ers use to reach a conclusion, but it adds that much more context to the situation.