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49ers signed Auburn S Jermaine Whitehead.

Whitehead (5'11/197) was a three-year starter in the Tigers' secondary, amassing nine INTs and contributing on special teams throughout his college career. Although Whitehead ran 4.59 at the Combine, he excelled in the vertical (37") and broad (10'8") jumps and was a top performer in the three-cone and shuttle drills. A quick-twitch mover who holds his own in run support, Whitehead's draft stock was affected by clashes with the Auburn coaching staff, his smallish build for a safety and questionable on-field instincts.
May 5 - 2:10 PM

49ers TE Vance McDonald will enter training camp on the roster bubble.

The 55th overall pick in the 2013 draft, McDonald has been a bust through two NFL seasons, managing ten receptions across his first 23 NFL games. McDonald has been an effective blocker, but the 49ers drafted two tight ends in Blake Bell and Rory Anderson. They also have Vernon Davis and Derek Carrier.
May 4 - 4:23 PM

49ers DE Justin Smith will sit down with team brass "sometime this month" to decide whether he'll play football in 2015.

Even after drafting Arik Armstead at No. 17 overall, the 49ers would love to bring back "Cowboy," who has juice left in his tank and could also be a terrific mentor to college underachiever Armstead. "You'll know in about three weeks or so," Smith said Monday. The 35-year-old didn't say which way he's leaning.
May 4 - 3:54 PM

49ers FB Bruce Miller's spousal abuse charges have been lowered to misdemeanor vandalism.

Miller was accused of pushing his girlfriend out of a parked car and smashing her phone, but police found no evidence that his girlfriend was pushed. She denied there was any physical contact. It's unclear if Miller will face league discipline under the reduced charges. Miller has been sitting out OTAs as he awaits his fate. CSN Bay Area reports that will remain the case until he is sentenced.
May 4 - 2:28 PM

49ers signed Alabama WR DeAndrew White.

White (6'0/193) was a lightly used complementary receiver in the Crimson Tide's offense, managing 94 career catches, 1,294 yards (13.8 YPR), and 12 TDs in four seasons. He ran 4.44 at the Combine, but struggled in the vertical (34 1/2") and broad (9'10") jumps. Small, often injured, and not proficient at creating separation, White's ceiling is a pedestrian No. 3 or 4 receiver. White's lack of special teams experience will hurt his NFL chances.
May 2 - 9:32 PM

49ers signed Henderson State WR Darius Davis.

Davis (5'11/219) set Henderson State career records in catches (179), receiving yards (3,686), and touchdowns (47), averaging 20.6 yards per catch. He was a first-team All American in Division 2 as a senior. Per XN Sports' Rich Hribar, Davis had the highest career per-game TD rate in this year's draft-eligible receiver class. Most likely a slot receiver prospect, Davis ran 4.60 at his Pro Day, but did excel in the vertical (37 1/2") and broad (10'5") jumps. Albeit a long shot, Davis is an intriguing small-school sleeper.
May 2 - 8:46 PM

49ers signed Utah WR Dres Anderson.

Anderson (6'1/187) graduated fifth all-time in receiving yardage for the Utes, parlaying 134 catches into 2,077 yards (15.5 YPR) and 17 TDs. He is the son of ex-Rams WR Flipper Anderson. Dres tore his left meniscus last October and required year-ending surgery, preventing Anderson from testing at the Combine. He did clock 4.43 at the Utah Pro Day. The reddest flag on Anderson is an 18.6-percent drop rate between his final two college seasons. He is a leggy, straight-line burner who may have to make his NFL living as a low-volume vertical streaker.
May 2 - 8:16 PM

49ers signed Michigan State LB Marcus Rush.

Rush (6'2/247) made 53 starts for the Spartans, compiling 37.5 career TFLs and 18.5 sacks to go with five forced fumbles. He made All-Big Ten honorable mention as a junior and senior. Rush ran 4.68 at the MSU Pro Day with a 36-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Rush is a good athlete, but will be a 24-year-old rookie and lacks the explosive movement required to become a consistent NFL sack threat. He'll likely max out as a special teamer and rotational piece on defense.
May 2 - 7:27 PM

49ers signed South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson.

Thompson (6'2/217) succeeded Connor Shaw for the Gamecocks, starting for one season and completing 59.9 percent of his passes with a 26:11 TD-to-INT ratio. He showed good athleticism for a quarterback at the South Carolina Pro Day, running 4.74 with a 35-inch vertical. Thompson flashed the ability to drive throws in the SEC, but is viewed as a mess mechanically and his ball placement was scattershot. He's not much of an NFL prospect.
May 2 - 6:53 PM

49ers selected South Carolina TE Rory Anderson with the No. 254 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Affectionately known as "Busta," Anderson (6'5/244) finished his college career with just 61 receptions for 954 yards (15.6 YPR) and nine touchdowns, never catching more than 22 passes in a season. He tore both of his triceps tendons a senior. Anderson flashed seam-stretching ability for the Gamecocks, but has abnormally small hands (8 3/4") and dropped far too many balls in college. He's essentially a poor man's Ladarius Green.
May 2 - 6:31 PM

49ers selected Florida G/T Trent Brown with the No. 244 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Brown (6'9/355) spent two seasons as a Gator after transferring from military school, starting five games at right tackle as a junior and six games at guard as a senior. A gargantuan human being, Brown had the longest arms (36") of any lineman at the Combine, after reporting to the Senior Bowl at 376 pounds. Brown's size and power potential make him intriguing, but he has a troubling history of bad conditioning and isn't particularly athletic. If Brown's work ethic improves, he could eventually push for snaps at right tackle.
May 2 - 6:09 PM

49ers selected Boston College OT Ian Silberman with the No. 190 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Silberman (6'5/306) transferred from Florida to Boston College ahead of his senior season where he started all 12 games at right tackle. He plays with a nastiness and is a plus run blocker. Silberman will likely have to kick inside to guard at the NFL level.
May 2 - 4:03 PM

49ers selected Clemson P Bradley Pinion with the No. 165 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Pinion (6'5/229) was about as dominant as punters get in college, landing 55 of his 140 career punts inside the opposing 20-yard line with only two career touchbacks. He doubled as the Tigers' placekicker and kickoff specialist. Pinion earned the rare distinction of declaring for the draft as a junior. Ideally built and very talented, Pinion could be a field-flipping weapon in the NFL.
May 2 - 3:05 PM

49ers selected Georgia Tech WR DeAndre Smelter with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

This is likely another redshirt player for the 49ers. Smelter (6'2/226) is a former baseball player who was drafted by the Twins (14th round) in 2010 before taking up football full time in 2013. In two seasons as a Yellow Jackets wideout, Smelter parlayed 56 catches into 1,060 yards (18.9 YPR) and 11 TDs. Smelter tore his ACL last December and was unable to work out before the draft. When healthy, Smelter showed big-time NFL tools as a physical post-catch tackle breaker and consistent winner of contested catches. Smelter may have to "redshirt" as a rookie, but offers long-range starting potential.
May 2 - 1:34 PM

49ers selected South Carolina RB Mike Davis with the No. 126 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Davis (5'9/217) succeeded Marcus Lattimore as the Gamecocks' bellcow, turning 454 carries into 2,440 yards (5.37 YPC) and 22 TDs. He caught 70 passes in three years at South Carolina. Davis followed a promising sophomore campaign with a down 2014, however, partially due to added weight and partially due to injuries. His Combine was pedestrian, running 4.61 with a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Davis' burst underwhelms and he doesn't move well laterally, but he gets what's blocked and runs hard inside. He can also play on passing downs. Davis projects as a backup to Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush who could have some short-term success as a stopgap starter if forced.
May 2 - 1:17 PM


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