2 top QB prospects declare for NFL draft

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Kyle Madson
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The 49ers could be in the market for a quarterback in this year’s draft and two of the presumed top quarterback prospects have officially declared.

Florida’s Kyle Trask declared on Dec. 31, and BYU’s Zach Wilson declared the following day. Both players were expected to enter this year’s draft after strong seasons. Trask is a senior while Wilson will leave school after his junior year.

Wilson will likely be a higher-rated prospect by a lot of teams. Some analysts have him as the second-best QB behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Wilson this season completed 73.4 percent of his throws for 3,699 yards and 33 touchdowns. He tossed just three interceptions all season and averaged 11.0 yards per attempt.

Trask ended his college career with a thud. After a very good senior campaign where he posted a 68.9 percent completion rate, 4,283 yards, 43 touchdown passes and eight interceptions, he struggled in Florida’s 55-20 Cotton Bowl loss to Oklahoma. He went 16-for-28 for 153 yards and three interceptions. His larger body of work should buoy his draft stock some, but his poor performance on the national stage won’t help.

The 49ers’ plan under center is their biggest offseason story line. Whether they do it early or wait until Day 2 or 3, it seems likely San Francisco will draft a quarterback this year with Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard both set for free agency.