San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan really likes his new quarterback, Iowa product C.J. Beathard.
So much so that Shanahan and the 49ers traded up into the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft to take Beathard on Friday night. And according to MMQB’s Peter King, who was embedded with the 49ers for the draft, Shanahan said the quarterback is tough. Really tough.
“He processes the game so well,” Shanahan said to King. “Tough as s—. Got a chance. He reminds me a lot of Kirk Cousins.”
King said the talented Hawkeyes signal caller was the only quarterback Shanahan wanted to select.
Shanahan is in his first year at the helm of the 49ers after leading an explosive Atlanta Falcons offense to the Super Bowl last year as the offensive coordinator. There, he worked with the 2016 NFL MVP, quarterback Matt Ryan.
After explaining the draft pick, King also made another comment about Beathard and the 49ers.
The “lightly regarded Midwestern quarterback” was taken in third round, just as another lightly regarded quarterback, Joe Montana of western Pennsylvania, was when the 49ers selected him in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft.
“Oh my god,” Beathard said to King once he heard the comparison. “That is crazy. Wow. Joe Montana. Wow.”
At Iowa, Beathard started two seasons, completing 223 passes for 2,809 yards as a junior and 170 passes for 1,929 yards as a senior. He threw for 17 touchdowns in each of those years.
He helped to lead the team to a 12-0 regular-season mark in 2015 and played in the Rose Bowl that year. In 2016, Beathard helped the team to the Outback Bowl against Florida.
On the 49ers, the quarterback joins Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the depth chart.