Interesting under-the-radar Harbaugh choice. He met with him at Northwestern's Pro Day along with Garoppolo. Reportedly Harbaugh was texting him every day the week before the draft and the 49ers were prepared to use a draft pick on him due to the Rams having some interest in him as well. After the Rams took Garrett Gilbert, that went out the window and he became the 49ers first announced UDFA signing of 2014.
Nice size for the position at 6'4", 230, mobile, strong arm, accuracy is a bit iffy, rather raw and seems like a long term project for Harbaugh to work with but if he see's something in this guy then I am definitely on board.
"Coach Harbaugh saw me throwing side-by-side next to Jimmy and liked what he saw," Faulkner explained. "He asked for some tape and really liked my tape."
Over Easter weekend, Harbaugh flew into St. Louis to meet one-on-one with Faulkner for a couple of hours.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound former state football MVP ran a 4.67 in the 40, which was better than the NFL's target time of 4.9 for quarterbacks and near what he was hoping to run he said.
Faulkner, who was the Southern Illinois-Carbondale starting QB for the past three seasons, also benched 225 pounds 19 times; his vertical jump was 34 inches (30 inches is the target for QBs), and his broad jump was 9 feet-8 inches (9-0 target). His times in the 10-split and 20-split, as well as his shuttle and 3-cones run time, were not available.
"The [Philadelphia] Eagles and [Tennessee] Titans quarterback coaches were there, and I went through about 40 or so throws with the receivers," he said. "I talked with 12 teams after that."
"Yeah, really liked watching the tape. It was a fun process. [Quarterbacks coach] Geep Chryst and I were together on that and we must have watched 40 or 50 quarterbacks. And really enjoyed watching them all. Some fabulous moments from college football we got to see. But, thought we did a thorough job. And feel really good about Kory. Feel really good about him as a person and a player. We like him."-Jim Harbaugh
Shaun @FCSScout Feb 28 Heard from a former NC State player that SIU QB Kory Faulkner's arm strength rivals that of Bucs' Mike Glennon. Jus'saying..
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on May 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM ]