By Jeff Cutler: San Francisco 49ers 7th round draft choice quarterback B.J. Daniels had a good day on Wednesday of this week in OTAs playing as running back on the Niners team. The 5’11” 220 lb. Daniels caught two passes out of the back field and another two down field in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, according to csnbayarea.com.
Daniels is trying to make the 49ers team as a 3rd string quarterback and he’s competing with 49ers veteran Scott Tolzien for the job. Daniel’s ability to play multiple positions – running back, kick return, punt return and quarterback – seems to have given him the edge over Tolzien, who can only play quarterback because he doesn’t possess the same athletic quickness that Daniels has going for him.
During Wednesday’s practice, Daniels faked out safety Craig Dahl in an open field run, and a day earlier on Tuesday, Daniels caused 49er linebacker Patrick Willis to fall down after putting a move on him in open field.
Daniels knows the read option offense and he was very good at it in college at South Florida where he rushed for 2068 yards and passed for 8433. He’s kind of undersized but he can do a lot of the same things that starter Colin Kaepernick can do as far as making the long throws down field and running the ball for good yardage. That’s what the 49ers like about him.
Daniels is also very elusive behind the line of scrimmage and difficult to tackle because he’s got quick feet and he can get away so easily. He’s very similar to Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. The main differences between Daniels and Wilson are that Wilson is a more accurate passer and he’s not as heavy as the 220 lb. bout Daniels.
Wilson weighs 205 lbs. Both Daniels and are virtually identical with their scrambling behind the line of scrimmage. I rate Daniels as a better runner than Wilson because he makes better fakes and is stronger and able to blast through players. Wilson isn’t heavy enough to do that. If the 49ers can improve Daniel’s throwing accuracy to the mid-60 percent level, they could have another Russell Wilson with Daniels and it’s going to be difficult for Nines head coach Jim Harbaugh to keep Daniels on the bench.