Yesterday, the San Francisco 49ers finalized their 2014 NFL draft. The 49ers signed seven unrestricted free agents and waived three other players to effectively end the initial draft process for the 2014 NFL season.
Signed were Morgan Breslin - 6’2” 250 lb linebacker from USC, Asante Cleveland - 6’5” 260 lb tight end from Miami, Dillon Farrell – 6’5” center from New Mexico, Kory Faulkner – 6’4” quarterback from Southern Illinois, Fouimalo Fonoti - 6’4” 310 lb guard from Michigan State, James McCray - 6’0” 210 lb safety from Catawba College, and Shayne Skov – 6’3” 247 lb linebacker from Stanford.
The players waived were LB Darius Fleming, WR DeMarco Sampson, and CB Dax Swanson.
Considered by many, 49ers GM Trent Baalke did one of the best jobs of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Drafted were: DB Jimmie Ward, RB Carlos Hyde, C Marcus Martin, LB Chris Borland, G Brandon Thomas, WR Bruce Ellington, CB Dontae Johnson, LB Aaron Lynch, CB Keith Reaser, CB Kenneth Acker, DT Kaleb Ramsey, and FB Trey Millard.
49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, fielded questions from local media and when asked if any current roster players were in contact with him during the 2014 NFL Draft he replied, “ I got a few text messages. It’s funny, the guys reach out a little bit. The one good thing that good football players and good football teams have is a willingness to compete. Our guys have that because they know it’s only going to make them better.”
The 49ers have 19 new talented athletes in camp, all capable of making the 49ers’ 2014 roster. “These kids all have the license. They all have the ability to make the team,” Harbaugh said.
“It’s a life-changing experience for these kids. It’s been very enjoyable. The whole process, from the time we started scouting these youngsters through the combine, through the evaluation process and through this past week,” Harbaugh added.
WR Stevie Johnson, acquired from the Buffalo Bills for a 2015 draft pick, passed his physical completing the trade.