10. Jalan McClendon
Former Team: NC State
Best Guess New Team Projection: Charlotte (chose Baylor)
He waited his turn … waited his turn … waited his turn … and then Ryan Finley chose to come back for another year. The 6-5, 221-pound dual-threat talent has seen a little time – throwing a touchdown pass and four picks with two rushing scores – but he needs to play with just one year of eligibility remaining. The Charlotte native would almost certainly beat out Hasaan Klugh for the starting job if he chose the 49ers.
9. Brady White
Former Team: Arizona State
New Team: Memphis
With Riley Ferguson done, the one-time Arizona State super-recruit will be front and center in the hunt to run the high-powered Tiger offense. He’s only 6-2 and 195 pounds, but he’s got an arm and can run a little bit. Best of all, there’s a chance he could have three years remaining.
8. KJ Carta-Samuels
Former Team: Washington
New Team: UCLA (switched to Colorado State)
It’ll be a battle for the job with Devon Modster in place, Dorian Thompson-Robinson a fantastic recruit, and other options around to be Chip Kelly’s quarterback, but Carta-Samuels fits. There’s a little bit of experience, a live passing arm, and the mobility needed to at least be the No. 2 guy.
7. Gardner Minshew
Former Team: East Carolina
New Team: Alabama (switched to Washington State)
This is interesting – it was a coin flip between Alabama and Tennessee. Minshew is just okay – he was unbelievable late last season, completing 136 passes over the final four games once he took over – and there’s a massive problem if he’s seeing meaningful time for Alabama. However, he wants to coach, he wants the contacts, and he might just want to be a part of the system as an emergency option. Tennessee was in the mix, too, but it might just land a bigger fish.
6. Dru Brown
Former Team: Hawaii
New Team: Oklahoma State
It’s a curious move. The six-foot baller hit 62% of his passes for 5,273 yards and 37 scores with 15 picks and six rushing scores for Hawaii over the last two years, but he’s hardly a sure-thing to start. Taylor Cornelius has been waiting his turn behind Mason Rudolph, and Keondre Wudtee and Spencer Sanders – two talented options – are getting their chances, too. However, Mike Gundy is never afraid to rotate quarterbacks.