SANTA CLARA — Name the first quarterback drafted by the 49ers since Colin Kaepernick in 2011. The answer: South Florida's B.J. Daniels, who was selected with the first of the 49ers' three picks in Saturday's seventh round of the NFL draft.
Daniels will compete with Scott Tolzien and Colt McCoy for backup spots behind Kaepernick, and Daniels' best attribute might be his ability to mimic Kaepernick's mobility. Daniels' familiarity with read-option offenses dates back to high school.
Daniels' college career ended when he sustained a brrcent oken left ankle Nov. 3 against Connecticut. Daniels, in a conference call, said his ankle is "100 percent" healthy, and it allowed him to compete in USF's pro day and the NFL's super-regional combine in Dallas.
"I'm really thankful and blessed to have this opportunity," Daniels said.
Daniels will reunite with Jim Leavitt, the 49ers linebackers coach who finished his tenure as USF's coach during Daniels' first two years there.
"He's a close friend of my family and I have a lot of respect for him," Daniels said of Leavitt. "He gave me an opportunity to have a full-ride scholarship at USF and I'm forever thankful."
Daniels set a USF record with 25 rushing touchdowns, and he finished third all-time in the Big East in total offense with 10,501 yards. He had 526 rushing attempts for 2,068 yards.
Two of the 49ers' earlier draft picks are also coming off season-ending injuries: Florida State defensive lineman Tank Carradine (second round) and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (fourth round).