The theme of these unit break downs is pretty clear. Most of the starters are entrenched, so the real competition is at the backup spot. That is the case here.
Locks: Colin Kaepernick
Competition: Scott Tolzien, Colt McCoy
Wild Cards: B.J. Daniels, Marquies Gray, Nate Montana
Outlook: Kaepernick has planted himself firmly in the discussion of the best young players in the game. After an historic rise to prominence, the future looks very bright. The biggest concern seems to be that his style of play may lead to a higher risk of injury which makes his backup that more important. It looks like McCoy and Tolzien are the front runners for the #2 spot with the early edge going to McCoy due to his experience. The dark horse is Daniels. He has a skill set that is the most similar to Kaepernick and he will also have a chance to prove his worth as a punt returner, wide receiver, or just the SAK position. He seems like an ideal candidate for the #3 spot, but to have him active on game days means that another position has to sit a guy. That might mean that he has a real shot at being the #2. It will all depend on his accuracy as a passer. Gray is not known for his accuracy, but you know Harbaugh will give him a chance to throw the ball around. Who knows what might come of that chance? Still further down the list is Montana. Again, who knows what could happen? Still, my guess is that McCoy will beat out Tolzien for the #2. After that it will be up to Daniels. I doubt he makes the team as a passer alone. He will have to show that he can be a dynamic play maker from multiple positions.