Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Marqueis Gray runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco 49ers signed undrafted free agent MarQueis Gray last week and the former Gopher quarterback and wide receiver is listed as a running back for the 49ers.
Gray worked out as a tight end prior to the draft but did not perform up to expectations. At the NFL Combine in February, Gray worked out as a quarterback, but was bothered by an ankle injury.
No doubt an NFL-capable athlete, the biggest question is where Gray will play if a team like the 49ers decides to give him a roster spot for the regular season.
At 6-foot-4 and 245 lbs, Gray’s running ability was often highlighted in Minnesota’s playbook so perhaps a running back is not as far of a stretch for him. Nevertheless, Gray could not have landed on a better team as the 49ers will certainly give Gray the opportunity to show off his ability before the roster is cut to 53.
As fans saw what 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh did with Colin Kaepernick last season, anything could happen for a multi-faceted athlete like Gray.
Michigan’s Denard Robinson, also a quarterback in college, was drafted as a running back by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth-round. He’s expected to play multiple positions for the Jaguars.