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Todd McShay mock draft 3.0: Quarterbacks drop out of the top ten

The latest 2017 NFL mock draft from Todd McShay sees quarterbacks slip-sliding away.

Much of NFL Draft media has thought for the past two months that the San Francisco 49ers are going to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. We saw plenty of folks looking at other picks, but the most popular pick had been quarterback, with North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky topping the list.

Who knew that signing Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley would be what changed people’s minds! We are seeing more media considering the top defensive options available instead of quarterback. The latest to join that group is ESPN’s Todd McShay. In his latest 2017 NFL mock draft, McShay has the 49ers drafting Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas. Here’s what McShay had to say about the pick.

Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley aren't long-term answers at quarterback, but them signing with San Francisco may free up the 49ers to take a top-tier talent like Thomas here before drafting a developmental QB on Day 2. With a good combination of quickness and power, Thomas would be a good fit for the defense Robert Saleh hopes to build out West.

The 49ers decision to sign Hoyer and Barkley means they are still looking for a franchise quarterback. Kirk Cousins has been on the radar, but that seems to be going nowhere for this year. The 49ers have ten picks in a draft where the quarterback position is on the weaker side. There will likely be at least three quarterbacks drafted in the first round, but the picks will be speculative as opposed to anything close to a confident selection.

If the 49ers do decide to wait into day two for a quarterback, how many will still be available? Mitchell Trubisky, DeShaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, and Patrick Mahomes all seem like strong candidates to go on day one. Davis Webb is suddenly getting a lot of press, and while I would be surprised if anybody drafted him in the first round, you never know what QB craziness could happen.

If you’re the 49ers, who do you look at among the host of options that will be there after day one? I remain of the mindset that it always makes sense to draft a quarterback, even if just for late speculative value. Even if they had made a trade for Kirk Cousins, I would still be amenable to drafting a QB late on day three. Not having a long-term option only makes it more valuable, even if just from a speculative standpoint.