New 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged during his interview with the media at the Owners' Meetings that he had to be careful because he didn't want to give too much information away.
And then, he promptly gushed about Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, who conceivably could be on the board for the 49ers with the seventh overall pick.
Asked if there was more value in quarterbacks with mobility, Harbaugh, at first provided the more generic answer we're all used to NFL head coaches providing.
“Yeah, the ability to make people miss as a quarterback is critical. Avoid. Being able to go with your legs. We’ve got some quarterbacks in this draft like Cam Newton and (Blaine) Gabbert in particular, and Jake Locker that not only will make people miss and avoid people, but they can run and keep defenses out of certain coverages, which is quite the trait to have. And they can pick up first downs with their legs, keep the chains moving."
Nothing too flashy there, but then Harbaugh went on.
“And Cam Newton – that’s plutonium-grade raw material, you know? I haven’t seen upside like with this guy in probably the last 10 years.“
If Harbaugh is to be believed, it sounds like Newton isn't likely to slip past the 49ers should he still be on the board.