The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the 2017 season and have begun their work to prepare for 2018 free agency and the draft. We’ll be breaking down plenty of what that means, but in the meantime, we wanted to take a look back at the season that was for the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo captured our imagination, but the 49ers rebuilding process was extensive last year. We are going to take a look at every notable addition and provide a forum for grading how that signing, trade, or draft pick worked out.
C.J. Beathard, quarterback
How acquired: Drafted in the third round (104th overall)
The 49ers started the season with Brian Hoyer at quarterback, while many believed C.J. Beathard wouldn’t see the field. As Hoyer struggled, more and more people called for the rookie to play, and he eventually got his chance. The results were mixed.
As a positive, Beathard did seem like he picked up Kyle Shanahan’s quickly and didn’t seem like the NFL game was beyond his scope. While he struggled, he looked better than most expected. He wasn’t exactly looking at the most ideal situation, and I think, under the circumstances, he exceeded expectations.
There’s also the fact that he took an absolute pounding. He was hit hard and often, due in part to his own poor footwork and due in part to one of the worst offensive lines in the league. And he kept coming forward. That, for me, is his strongest quality that the 49ers need in a backup: he’s not afraid to take a shot, can take the shot, and knows the offense.
Of course, his stats weren’t amazing. In seven games, he completed 123 of 224 passes (54.9 percent) for 1,430 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He also fumbled the ball three times.
And he cost a third-round pick, which is a premium pick. One concern is that many have suggested Beathard would have been around in the fourth or fifth round, but honestly, none of us know what was going on in that draft room or what the 49ers heard from other teams.
How do you grade 49ers NFL Draft addition C.J. Beathard?
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