IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former Iowa QB C.J. Beathard wanted a chance to play in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers gave it to him Friday night.
Beathard was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, becoming the second Hawkeyes quarterback of the Kirk Ferentz era to get drafted. The other, Ricky Stanzi, was picked in the fifth round in 2011.
At Iowa, Beathard boasts the best winning percentage for a quarterback with at least 20 wins (21-7 overall). He won his first 13 starts and guided the Hawkeyes to a 12-0 regular season, a Big Ten West Division title and a Rose Bowl appearance in 2015. He was a second-team all-Big Ten selection and passed for 2,809 yards, which ranked eighth in Iowa history.
In 2016, with a depleted receiving corps, Beathard passed for just 1,929 yards. He finished his career ranked sixth all-time at Iowa in touchdown passes (40) and total offense (5,991) and eighth in passing yards (5,562).
Dan Shonka of Ourlads Scouting Services wrote Beathard is “a student of the game who plays well in play action. Handles the ball well on fakes and bootlegs. Patient and poised in the pocket. Quick release on a half roll and waggle passes. Can elude pocket pressure and run for positive yards. … At the Senior Bowl he was mechanically sound but inconsistent in his play. At times he showed good arm strength and at other times he floated the ball on vertical routes. Accuracy was off and was late with delivery at times.”
Iowa quarterbacks in the draft
|C.J. Beathard||2017||3rd||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ricky Stanzi||2011||5th||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Matt Rodgers||1992||12th||Buffalo Bills|
|Chuck Hartlieb||1989||12th||Houston Oilers|
|Mark Vlasic||1987||4th||San Diego Chargers|
|Chuck Long||1986||1st||Detroit Lions|
|Mike Cilek||1970||6th||Cleveland Browns|
|Gary Snook||1966||4th||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Matt Szykowny||1963||15th||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Wilburn Hollis||1962||9th||St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)|
|Wilburn Hollis||1962||13th||New York Titans (AFL)|
|Randy Duncan||1959||1st||Green Bay Packers|
|Kenny Ploen||1957||19th||Cleveland Browns|
|Jerry Reichow||1956||4th||Detroit Lions|
|Glenn Drahn||1951||25th||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Lou King||1948||9th||Buffalo Bison (AAFC)|
|Jim Smith||1947||22nd||Washington Redskins|
Entering the draft, Pro Football Focus graded Beathard as the 219th-best prospect and 10th-best quarterback. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. also ranked Beathard as the 10th-best quarterback, while ESPN Scouts Inc. put him at ninth. CBSSports.com listed Beathard as a seventh-round prospect (246th overall, 11th-best quarterback).
No Iowa quarterback has thrown a pass in the NFL since Mark Vlasic in 1991. Stanzi lasted five seasons with multiple NFL teams before failing to latch on with a squad last year.
Beathard is the grandson of former Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers general manager Bobby Beathard.