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News » San Francisco 49ers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08

San Francisco 49ers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08

San Francisco 49ers Notes, Quotes 2009-05-08
--The San Francisco 49ers did not take any players off their draft board. And they wound up with three players that some teams might have shied away from entirely.

Two other players -- Purdue running back Kory Sheets and Ohio State offensive tackle Alex Boone -- have the talent to make NFL rosters. But Sheets' rapport with his former coaching staff appears to be the reason he did not get drafted. Boone is seen as a character risk after his second alcohol-related arrest three months ago.

The 49ers also selected outspoken LSU defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois, whom some considered a third-round talent, in the seventh round.

"None of these guys caught us by surprise," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. "Some of them have their issues. I think the most important thing for us to do is make sure that we continue to develop the structure for them to come in and have some programs - have some things in place for some of these guys to have some issues."

--The 49ers did not spend a draft pick on an outside pass rusher, but defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said he believes the pieces are in place for the club to improve on their total of 32 sacks last season.

The key is outside linebacker Manny Lawson, who will get an opportunity to be an every-down player. Parys Haralson, who plays on the other side, led the 49ers last season with eight sacks.

"We're looking for those guys who are starting at outside linebacker to be there in third-down situations," Manusky said.

The 49ers also added veteran Marques Harris, a backup with the San Diego Chargers the past four seasons, with a one-year contract.

--Forty-seven players participated in the 49ers' rookie minicamp, including a dozen undrafted free agents. Coach Mike Singletary said it is the best group of undrafted players the 49ers have signed since he's been with the club.

"It's certainly one of the most competitive," Singletary said. "I'm very excited about some of the guys that we have. They really have an opportunity presented to them. These are not your average free-agent guys that come in and you're just hoping that they can fill out your minicamp and training camp. These are some guys that could possibly help us, that could step in and have a chance to play some this year."

--Veteran newcomers Marvel Smith, an offensive tackle, and Demetric Evans, a defensive lineman, took part in meetings at the minicamp but did not practice with the rookies.

--Quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Alex Smith, the competitors for the starting QB job, took part in the minicamp. The other most notable veterans to participate were safety Dashon Goldson, tackle Chilo Rachal, receiver Josh Morgan and defensive end Kentwan Balmer.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's just those guys that we felt would really, in another setting, take another step. They may mature a little more without some of the veterans here. They may step out a little bit" -- 49ers coach Mike Singletary on why some veterans were asked to participate in the team's rookie minicamp last week.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 8, 2009

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