Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
I actually think the 49ers might be higher on Gray and Marquardt than they are on Daniels and Bykowski. It's pretty much just speculation on my part, but that's my read on the situation. I think they drafted the two players they felt less confident in their ability to lock up to UDFA contracts. They pursued the strategy most likely to yield all four players.
The reason I think Marquardt has the edge on Bykowski is simply because of consensus ratings around the web. Most places had Marquardt in the 4-6 rounds, while I haven't found an outlet that projected Bykowski to be drafted.
As for Gray vs. Daniels, it seems Gray has considerably better size and athleticism. Daniels's best shot will be if he can throw quite a bit better than Gray. Neither will make the team if they don't offer QB3 value, in my opinion. In their roles as ST/TE/RB hybrids I don't think they are needed because we already have so many versatile weapons.
Seems to me like Daniels would have to beat out Tolzien to make the team, which I think is unlikely. He will probably end up being our practice squad QB if he clears waivers. And who knows, maybe after a year or two of that he's ready to be a back up QB on the actual roster.
Gray, on the other hand, only needs to beat out Garrett Celek to make the roster, since we normally carry 3 TEs. If he shows some dynamic playmaking ability in the preseason, I could see the 9ers rolling the dice on him over Celek. Celek is pretty dependable, but he's not a dynamic threat. Gray could potentially be a much more dynamic player for us in that 3rd TE role because he's faster, more elusive, and could be used in many more ways, even including passing. Plus, he'd essentially be a 4th QB, or even a 3rd QB on game day if the 9ers elect to not dress their normal 3rd QB.
Of course, this is all just theory based on some youtube movies. So we'll have to see what they look like when mini camps and preseason start.