The cure at quarterback: San Francisco

Nfl_g_hillsmith_300_mediumNo other position in the NFL Draft carries more prestige than quarterback. Looking ahead to the 2010 draft, several teams could be looking at for a new signal caller. During the offseason, we're going to breakdown what teams could be going after a new quarterback following this season.

Who: San Francisco 49ers

Currently have: Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Damon Huard, Nate Davis

Breakdown: Hill, the starter, is an eight-year veteran. He played in nine game for the 49ers in 2008, completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 2,046 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Although Hill showed promise at times in 2008, he was very inconsistent. HIs arm isn't especially strong, but he's fairly accurate.

In games he's started, San Francisco is 7-3. In February of 2008, Hill signed a three-year contract with San Francisco.

Smith, a former No. 1 pick, is a bust. That's thanks in large part to injuries, simple lack of ability and continued change at offensive coordinator for the 49ers. In 2008, Smith was put on injured reserve in September due to a broken shoulder bone. He restructured his pricey rookie contract is with the team for two more seasons.

Huard, a former starter in Kansas City, should only be considered as a backup. Davis is a fifth-round rookie with a learning disability and weird release.

Why that's not good enough: San Francisco has a good nucleus coming together on offense. The team took Michael Crabtree 10th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft and has a sound running game with veteran Frank Gore and rookie Glen Coffee. The team's line is developing nicely with Joe Staley and David Baas on the left side.

Why waste that talent with an average, at best, quarterback in Hill? Neither Smith or Huard will ever get consideration as a starter in 2009, putting the onus squarely on Hill. He controls his own fate in San Francisco.

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