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Rookie QB intriguing to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Kory Faulkner very likely will not be any factor for the 2014 San Francisco 49ers.

But the undrafted rookie quarterback out of Southern Illinois was a topic Tuesday when the 49ers started minicamp. Quarterbacks coach Greg Roman had words about Faulkner that are rarely spoken of a player of his stature in June.

“He’s the kind of guy that at some point in his career you can probably turn the keys over to him,” Roman said. “And that’s a long ways off, but he definitely does some things that we like.”

Of course, Roman did not say he thinks Faulkner will become the 49ers' starting quarterback. But to talk about an undrafted rookie in those terms is pretty interesting.

The 49ers signed Faulkner after he worked out with coach Jim Harbaugh in the pre-draft season. Harbaugh liked what he saw. Faulkner was enthralled by Harbaugh.

“He’s one of the coolest guys I ever met,” Faulkner said Tuesday.

Faulkner was so taken by Harbaugh he said he pretty much made up his mind prior to the draft that he’d sign with the 49ers if offered. Roman made a point of saying the quarterback had his work cut out for him in college.

“He had no offensive line in college, no offense to those players, but he can throw under duress let me tell you that,” Roman said. “The first play here, I think we had really good protection and we said to him, ‘What’d you think of that? That was pretty neat, wasn’t it? You haven’t had that in a while.’ But, he had a big smile on his face. But, yeah he had to operate under duress. His first read in college was avoid the free rusher and then go from there.”