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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

49ers selected Oklahoma TE Blake Bell with the No. 117 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Bell (6'6/252) was a four-star quarterback recruit to OU, but wound up at tight end due to Tebowian passing skills. He caught 16 passes for 214 yards and four TDs as a senior. Although Bell's development at tight end was steady, he is a pedestrian athlete for the position with 4.80 speed and a 33-inch vertical. Bell will also be a 24-year-old rookie, a concern for his long-range ceiling. Draftniks seemed to love Bell, but he's a long shot for much NFL impact.
May 2 - 12:56 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said DB Jimmie Ward is "on track" in his recovery from foot surgery.

It's a pretty vague diagnosis. Ward missed the team's recent minicamp and at this point, there's no timetable for his return. The 23-year-old was showing signs of improvement before foot surgery ended his season in Week 10. The 2014 first-round pick is an exciting young talent but first, he'll have to get healthy.
May 2 - 12:17 AM

49ers selected Virginia OLB Eli Harold with the No. 79 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Harold (6'3/247) turned pro after three years at UVA, where he piled up 36.5 TFLs, 17.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. In 2014, he was voted second-team All-ACC by the conference's coaches. Although tape watchers have criticized Harold's pass-rush technique, he was an excellent college run defender and has big-time athleticism and length, suggesting he offers untapped potential off the edge. Harold has 33-inch arms and ran 4.60 in Indy, also ripping up the vertical (35") and broad (10'3") jumps. Harold is the kind of prospect who may struggle initially in the pros, but could grow into an annual double-digit sack threat.
May 1 - 10:30 PM

49ers selected Samford S Jaquiski Tartt with the No. 46 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Tartt (6'1/221) made 34 starts at Samford, piling up six career INTs and earning first-team All-American honors three times in the FCS. He ran 4.53 with a 10-foot-4 broad jump in Indy. Although Tartt primarily played free safety in college, his NFL projection is strong safety as an aggressive in-the-box tone setter. He's drawn some comparisons to Kam Chancellor. Tartt has a chance to become an eventual starting strong safety. He's the heir apparent to SS Antoine Bethea in San Francisco.
May 1 - 8:20 PM


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