Former NFL quarterback turned private coach John Beck joined KNBR on Thursday. He worked with Kyle Shanahan in Washington when the San Francisco 49ers head coach was the offensive coordinator there. The two remain close.
Beck has worked this offseason with two of the three prospects — Justin Fields of Ohio State and Trey Lance of North Dakota State — that are the betting favorites to be the No. 3 pick by the Niners. Mac Jones of Alabama has the best odds, followed by the other two. Beck has also worked at length with Zach Wilson of BYU, who is expected to go to the New York Jets at No. 2.
Everyone is trying to figure out Shanahan’s thinking and predict who will be the 49ers’ first selection. After all, the team traded a haul of draft picks, including multiple first-rounders, to the Miami Dolphins to move up from No. 12.
Beck was asked to break down what Shanahan seeks in a quarterback. I’ll leave it up to you to analyze it and determine which of the three prospects best matches the description.
“Kyle wants somebody that can understand his offense, that can process information quickly, that can see the field through a lens that makes sense to him to be able to coach it, and for you to kind of see it how he sees it,” Beck told Greg Papa and John Lund. “It doesn’t have to be perfect, but he wants you to be able to communicate with him and then be able to process so that in-game communications, during-practice communication, all those things can flow smoothly.
“He’s also really big on feet. He wants to be able to tie feet to the scheme, and really vice versa. So, he’s very particular about the feet of his quarterback, the eyes of his quarterback, the positioning, and he looks for traits and abilities. Physical abilities would be getting the ball out quickly, being able to drive it to a lot of different places on the field quickly and effortlessly. He loves to be aggressive in play-pass, especially certain areas of the field, so he wants somebody, as they come off the play fake, if those safeties start to cut the underneath routes, or if they get flat-footed, he wants somebody that can drive a ball downfield, and then within space.
“In this game, space is always taken away because of the pressure [by] the defense. So, he wants somebody that doesn’t have to use a bunch of space in the pocket to be able to really drive the ball and do it accurately. So, that’s why there are certain elements of a guy that may jump out to him, and he looks and says, ‘I know where that fits in what I do.'”
One of the knocks on Jones, especially when compared to Fields or Lance, is a lack of athleticism. The latter two prospects could add a different dynamic to an offense. Many have speculated that after watching quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Russell Wilson, and Kyler Murray in recent years, maybe Shanahan seeks his own athletic playmaker.
“A lot of people just want to say, ‘Oh, he’s looking for an athletic quarterback,’ and they think anybody with athleticism fits,” Beck commented. “Kyle doesn’t need a Lamar Jackson athlete. He just needs somebody athletic enough to run the keeper game, to be able to move off the spot, and in the play-pass game, to be able to move enough, selling the action. And if there is any pressure, quickly move, and still be able to drive every single throw to all three levels of the field.”
You can listen to the entire interview with Beck below.
Private quarterbacks coach John Beck has worked this offseason with both Justin Fields of Ohio State and Trey Lance of North Dakota State, helping each draft prospect prepare for his pro-day workout in front of NFL teams. Both will hear their names called next week, and their NFL journeys will officially begin.
Fields and Lance, along with Mac Jones of Alabama, are among the top candidates to be drafted at No. 3 overall by the San Francisco 49ers. The team traded up to the spot on March 26, seeking a quarterback of the future.
Beck, who played for then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washinton, remains close with the 49ers head coach. San Francisco recommended Lance work with the private coach ahead of his second pro day and even provided Beck with a list
Private coach John Beck, a former NFL quarterback who played for then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington, worked with quarterback Justin Fields of Ohio State this offseason. Beck remains close with Shanahan, and has been working with quarterback Trey Lance of North Dakota State in recent weeks.
That is no coincidence.
Fields and Lance are among the most likely prospects to be selected No. 3 overall by the San Francisco 49ers. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports that Lance has been working with Beck at the Niners’ request.
San Francisco provided Beck with a list of drills it wanted to see from Lance, which means it was heavily involved in the planning of Monday’s
Justin Fields took part in a workout this week in Columbus, Ohio, in front of potential suitors, including head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers. That has caused the former Buckeye’s stock to rise, and he is now the favorite to be drafted at No. 3 overall by the Niners.
It was Fields’ second pro day-style workout. His first took place on March 30. However, Shanahan and Lynch were not in attendance for that one. Wednesday’s workout gave the 49ers’ brain trust its first opportunity to watch the incoming rookie quarterback.
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated believes there is at least one aspect of the
NFL teams are allowed to send three representatives to Justin Fields’ second pro day today in Columbus, Ohio. We already knew head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch would represent the San Francisco 49ers. According to NBC Sports Bay Area, the third representative will be quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello, who also attended Fields’ first workout on March 30 with 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters.
#49ers QBs coach Rich Scangarello joined John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan to watch Justin Fields throw