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Get a grip: 49ers on hand for QB Carson Wentz’s pro day

North Dakota State quaterback Carson Wentz, center, smiles after his workout at the school's NFL football pro day, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fargo, N.D.
North Dakota State quaterback Carson Wentz, center, smiles after his workout at the school's NFL football pro day, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fargo, N.D. AP

Try to wrap your hands around this one:

Carson Wentz, who has meaty, 10-inch hands and who played football in the Dakotas, struggled when throwing a wet ball indoors at his pro day Thursday. Jared Goff, the California kid with small-ish hands -- for an NFL quarterback, at least -- fared better in the wet-ball test, which was held outdoors last week.

The dual performances didn't fit the narrative about the top two quarterbacks in the draft and will be something teams like the 49ers, Browns and Cowboys will have to decipher before April 28.

To be fair, Wentz, who played at North Dakota State, otherwise looked excellent at his pro day at the Fargodome, especially during the scripted portion. Whereas some of Goff's passes wobbled at Cal's pro day last week, Wentz completed all but three of his 65 throws and looked confident and in control throughout.

It was in the unscripted portion that he wobbled.

As was the case at Cal, Browns associate head coach Pep Hamilton squirted the football with a water bottle just before Wentz dropped back for a throw. One of his attempts came out of his hand awkwardly and hit the ground well short of his target. He connected on most of the others with a wet ball.

"I wasn't surprised. I wasn't sure if he was going to do it with me or not," Wentz said afterward on the NFL Network. "Obviously the first one went into the dirt. But I got a feel for it after that and I thought it was alright."

"If I would give a grade on that one I would say A, if not an A+ on the pro day,” said ex scout Daniel Jeremiah, who now works as an NFL Network analyst. “If you take the Gatorade bottle out of it, nearly flawless. You had what, maybe three incompletions and those were off the fingertips and he's leading the receiver down the field. I saw velocity, I saw touch, I saw movement, I saw a lot of good things."

The Browns on Thursday signed ex-Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, who had visited them a week earlier. His signing, however, is not expected to alter what they do at pick No. 2. Most observers suspect they will go with a quarterback, and the big-bodied Wentz is thought to be their favorite.

Hamilton and Browns head coach Hue Jackson attended both Goff's and Wentz's pro-day sessions.

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The 49ers last week sent a huge contingent of scouts and coaches 55 miles up Interstate 880 to watch Goff, including head coach Chip Kelly and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. Day and regional scout Bob Morris represented the 49ers at North Dakota State's pro day, although a storm in the region on Wednesday scuttled the travel plans of dozens of scouts and assistants from various teams.

Kelly said last week he would not go far afield for college pro days this year because he has faith in the 49ers’ scouting department.

The 49ers currently have four quarterbacks under contract for 2016: Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick, Thad Lewis and Dylan Thompson. Kaepernick's future, however, remains in limbo after the team discussed trade options earlier this month.

The Browns are now out of the mix of suitors, although it's possible Kaepernick can be dealt to Denver or the New York Jets, two teams still searching for a starting quarterback.

Kaepernick's $11.9 million base salary becomes guaranteed if he is on the 49ers roster April 1. The 49ers have insisted that he will be on the roster beyond that date.

Cal quarterback Jared Goff and his Golden Bears teammates worked out in front of NFL scouts on Friday, March 18, 2016, in Berkeley. A projected first-round draft pick, Goff said he would have liked to have two or three bad passes back, buts otherw

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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