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So we stuck with needs in Day 1 - not bad.

Round 1, Pick 29 (29) (From Colts)
Kentwan Balmer DE 6'5" 298 40-Time: 5.28 North Carolina
Analysis:While a wide receiver would have also made sense here, you can also get one later in the draft. With Bryant Young retired, Balmer helps an aging defensive line. Balmer is a physically talented prospect with a large degree of upside potential. After a career year in 2007, he showed promise at the Senior Bowl and is moving up draft boards. His ability to produce at the next level will be determined by the consistency of his effort on the field.
Strengths: Good size with a large frame and room to bulk up further...Extremely strong...Very athletic...Has pretty good speed and quickness...Nice range and does a good job in pursuit...Can hold his ground at the point of attack...Offers some versatility...Is coming off a great senior year...Can contribute on special teams...Still has upside.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent and has a questionable motor...Does not have great bulk...Has some trouble shedding blocks...He is slow to read and react....Plays with poor leverage at times...Considered to be an underachiever prior to 2007...Could be a 'tweener.
Notes: The light finally seemed to come on and he started to fulfill his immense potential as a senior...He could project to either tackle in a 4-3 or end in a 3-4...Has all the physical tools you look for but will need to stay motivated and play like he did this past year..Exceptionally talented but a risky prospect who is a boom or bust type.
Compares To: Fred Robbins-New York Giants
Agility Tests:
Campus: 4.96 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 5.12 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 360-pound bench press … 485-pound squat … 4.4 20-yard shuttle … 33 1/8-inch arm length … 9 ½-inch hands.
Combine: 5.28 40-yard dash … 33 bench press

Round 2, Pick 8 (39)
Chilo Rachal OG 6'5" 315 40-Time: 5.12 Southern Cal
Analysis:When Rachal gets a hand on somebody they don't get free or make a play. That's what you want out of a guard. He came out a year early and could take a little time to develop and should get that with a young team. Rachel offers size, growth potential and a lot of possibilities at the next level. He needs to improve his flexibility and the details of his position yet could develop into a starter two seasons down the road.
Strengths: Excellent size and a huge frame...Very good athleticism...Quick with good balance and agility...Strong and powerful...Nasty and plays with a killer instinct...Fantastic footwork...Mobile with decent range...Is very tough...Uses his hands well and is a solid technician...Gets a great push in the run game..Nice awareness..Has upside.
Plays out of control at times...Not a natural knee bender...Struggles in space...He doesn't have a great hand punch...Is not a great cut blocker...Doesn't always play up to his physical tools...Only two years as a starter....Has some durability issues.
Notes: Redshirted as a true freshman...Worked as a backup in 2005 before stepping into the starting lineup..Had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from his left knee in 2004 and missed three games with a knee injury in 2007...Came out after his junior season due in large part to a family medical problem..A talented physical specimen who is still improving....Should be a starter pretty early in his pro career.
Compares To: Kris Dielman-San Diego
Agility Tests:
Campus: 5.15 40-yard dash … 28 bench press … 25.5" vertical … 8.01 three cone
Combine: 5.23 in the 40-yard dash … 28 in the bench press … 25-inch vertical jump … 9.00 broad jump

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Again, nothing sensational on Day 2. Nolan looked to continue adding to the O-line and addressing depth issues.

Round 3, Pick 12 (75) (From Bears)
Reggie Smith DB 6'1" 199 40-Time: 4.61 Oklahoma
Analysis: Smith is a guy that can play both corner and safety, though the 49ers will likely play him at the nickel position to start out his career. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for with his tackling and ability to turn players insider towards the linebackers.
Strengths: A smooth natural athlete...Good size and bulk...Very strong...A great leaper..Quick and plays faster than he times...Has fluid hips...Excellent range...Great hands and ball skills...A reliable tackler...Physical and will support the run...Smart with terrific instincts and awareness..Really versatile and can also contribute as a return man. Well-built athlete. ... Rare size for the position. ... Instinctive player. ... Lacks elite timed speed, but is rarely beaten deep due to his smooth hip turn and route-recognition skills. ... Competitive player who battles for the ball. ... Physical. ... Uses his hands well to re-route the receiver and disrupt the timing with the quarterback. ... Reads the action quickly and is quick to support the run. ... Explosive hitter. ... Versatile defender with experience at free safety. ... Talented return specialist who shows the ability to make the first defender miss and has the vision to run to daylight.
Weaknesses: Timed speed's relatively average...Lacks a burst to close...Has to put in some time when it comes to footwork...Can be a little too aggressive...He doesn't have much experience at cornerback....Could struggle to turn and run with pro wide receivers in man coverage....Might be a bit of a 'tweener....Has some minor health concerns. Has to answer questions about his timed speed. ... Broken toe suffered before the Fiesta Bowl will have to get a clean bill of health at the Combine. ... Has been protected by the aggressive nature of Oklahoma's defense. Quarterbacks simply didn't have much time to challenge him deep while dealing with the Sooner pass rush.
Notes: Highly-regarded recruit out of high school...Three-year starter who stepped in and made a instant impact as a true freshman..Played safety in 2005 and 2006 before moving to cornerback as a junior....Broke his big right toe late in the 2007 season which prevented him from working out for teams until early April...Is probably best suited for free safety at the next level but he can certainly play corner in the right situation...One of the most versatile defensive backs in this draft...Definite starter.
Compares To: Quentin Jammer, Chargers
Agility Tests:
Campus: 4.65 in the 40-yard dash … 39.5-inch vertical jump … 10'9" broad jump … 4.07 shuttle … 6.90 three cone
Combine: Did not participate

Round 4, Pick 8 (107)
Cody Wallace OL 6'4" 296 40-Time: 5.30 Texas A&M
Analysis:Wallace is a good, dependable player with football intelligence who can play in the power game. He was knocked to the ground a little too much, but rated as the best center available and made a lot of starts in college.
Positives: Has good size with the frame to get even bigger...Is tough and plays with a nasty demeanor...Smart with good awareness...A decent athlete...Mobile and can get to the second level...Real stout...Leader with top intangibles..Has lots of experience. Taller than most centers, but has a solid build with good chest development, wide hips, thick thighs and legs, broad shoulders, good arm length and a firm midsection...Physically strong player who is a productive in-line blocker, but will get pushed back into the pocket when he gets too tall in his stance...Has a quick initial step to create movement off the snap and shows good in-line kick slide to mirror the bull rushers at the line of scrimmage...Despite marginal playing speed, he takes good angles and shows body adjustment skills working along the line of scrimmage...Has been a durable athlete who will play with pain...Best when blocking in-line, as he sets with a strong base and shows better balance when he sinks his weight and stays low in his pad level...Has the functional hip snap to redirect playing inside the tackles and is quick to recognize twists and games...Uses his upper body strength to torque and control defenders when he fires low off the snap...Very quick to get into position and gets his head up instantly after snapping the ball...His hand punch can be violent at the point of attack and he works hard to finish...Has a good work ethic and toughness and takes pride in his leadership role, as he will not hesitate to mentor a younger lineman...Steps into position with his feet firmly planted and when he comes off the ball with a low, hard burst, he can gain advantage... Stays square in his base and shows enough lateral agility to get in front on the short pulls...Generates good pop on initial contact and when he locks on to a defender, he gets good success in attempts to sustain...Has an aggressive hand punch when trying to get movement at the X's...Plays with a strong anchor, thanks to proper knee bend and does a nice job of staying on top of the bull rusher, showing good hand placement vs. counter moves...Also shows a good slide and lower body adjustments getting back to protect the pocket...Easily controls the defender once he latches on to the opponent with his hands... Extends, separates and remains active in attempts to sustain ands has good recoil action, but if he extends his arms more often, he would have better success neutralizing the faster rushers...Has a quick kick step when redirecting and is alert to stunts, using his knee bend to recover...His anchor is suspect when he gets tall in his stance, but he is better playing vs. power than quickness, as he is a classic mauler with good lock-out ability... Efficient shot-gun snapper with good quickness and accuracy getting the ball back cleanly to the quarterback...Plays with his head on a swivel and works well in supporting his guards on combo blocks.
Negatives: Displays poor footwork...Does not get a great push in the run game...Struggles in space...Is not very light on his feet...Could stand to add some weight and bulk up a bit...Didn't have a great senior season...May not be a good fit for every scheme. A better inline blocker than in space...Shows only marginal playing speed to get to the second level, with poor body adjustment working in space...Struggles to stay in front when having to pull past the short area...Lacks the ability to sustain blocks and finish when he gets too tall in his stance (defenders can get into his jersey and skate him back into the pocket)...Best playing at the X's, as his feet tend to die when he has to adjust and mirror defenders downfield...Doesn't consistently make contact with defenders in space, as he does not deliver that strong in-line hand punch when on the move because he gets taken off balance and will start swiping wildly with his arms...Footwork needs refinement in his forward charge, as defenders can lock on and jerk him to the ground (leaves chest exposed)...Must keep his hands inside the frame better on short pulls, as he does not sustain blocks long when on the move...Slow to adjust to second-level defenders and must find shorter angles when playing in that area...When he gets up on his heels, he is susceptible to active counter moves (loses balance)...Might not get over-powered often, but because of marginal foot speed, he struggles often when asked to contain the quicker blitzers (slow to recoil with his hands)...Gets flat-footed at times on combo blocks and is then slow to redirect (better when staying at the line of scrimmage than on the move).
Notes: He was a three-year starter in the Big 12 after beginning his college career as a backup guard...Physical tools are adequate and he earns high marks for doing all the little things...Probably not Pro Bowl material but does have starting potential.
Compares To: Eric Ghiaciuc-Cincinnati
Agility Tests:
Campus: 5.36 in the 40-yard dash … 480-pound bench press … 374-pound hang clean … 740-pound squat … 28 ½-inch vertical jump … 4.49 20-yard shuttle … 33 3/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed … 26/34 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 5.30 40-yard dash … 26 bench reps at 225 pounds … 30 1/2-inch vertical jump … 8'06" broad jump … 4.55 20-yard shuttle … 7.45 three-cone drill.

Round 6, Pick 8 (174)
Josh Morgan WR 6'0" 219 40-Time: 4.46 Virginia Tech
Analysis: Morgan is a very fast receiver, but a tough evaluation because Virginia Tech doesn't throw the ball a lot. He was also overshadowed by Eddie Royal. Morgan is a solid special teams player who will contribute at the pro level.
Strengths: Very athletic...Nice size and excellent bulk...More quick than fast...Has pretty good hands...Great leaper with terrific ball skills and body control..He knows how to get open...Strong and physical...Also offers value on special teams...Has some upside. Looks the part. ... Linear build with good muscle definition and big hands. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Flashes the lateral quickness and strength to defeat jams at the line of scrimmage. ... Good straight-line speed. ... Tracks the ball well over his shoulder and is at his best making the tough catch downfield. ... Competes hard when the ball is in the air. ... Can time his leap and make the tough grab. ... Has some RAC ability, showing good vision and burst to get make the first defender miss. ... Experienced punt returner.
Weaknesses: Doesn't have great timed speed and lacks a burst...Not much of a deep threat...Is not real elusive and won't do much after the catch..Has been known to drop some catchable balls...Gives a sub par effort when it comes to blocking....Underachiever with a poor work ethic...Ran into off-the-field trouble and his character is an issue. Doesn't play up to his physical ability. ... Despite his quickness and strength, Morgan struggles to get off the line of scrimmage against a good jam. ... Marginal burst out of his breaks. ... Good straight-line speed, but lacks elite acceleration for double-moves. ... Flashes soft hands, but tends to lose concentration and often drops easy passes trying to make a move before he has the ball secured.
Notes: Prepped at Fork Union Military Academy...Suspended in 2006 after being arrested and charged with obstructing a police officer...Profiles as a possession type at the pro level...He definitely has some physical tools to work with but his questionable intangibles might very well prevent him from ever really reaching his full potential.
Compares To: JOHNNIE MORANT-ex-Oakland
Agility Tests:
Campus: 4.46 in the 40-yard dash. … 330-pound bench press. … 515-pound squat. … 326-pound power clean. … 310-pound push jerk. … 39-inch vertical jump. … 33 3/8-inch arm length. … 10 1/4-inch hands. … Right-handed. … 19/26 Wonderlic score.
Combine: Did not participate

Round 7, Pick 7 (214)
Larry Grant OLB 6'1" 235 Ohio State
Analysis: Grant transferred to Ohio State from a junior college. He's not very big, but has decent speed. He's an outside linebacker and was relatively productive for the Buckeyes.
Strengths: Great athleticism...Good speed and quickness...Excellent range and does a terrific job in pursuit...Very good pass rusher and blitzer...Tough...Has a good motor...Is still improving and has some upside...Real versatile..Huge special teams potential. Good size and is athletic enough to play any linebacker spot. ... Strong at the point, Grant has the ability to knock tight ends off their routes or stand up a pulling lineman. ... Also has the size and speed to blitz off the edge and chase down runs to the opposite side of the field. ... Willing to give up his body to get under a block in the hole. ... Nice special teams player who six blocked kicks at CCSF in 2005 and three in two seasons in Columbus. ... Will bring toughness and speed to coverage units.
Weaknesses: A little undersized and does not have the height or bulk that you prefer...Marginal instincts and awareness...Has trouble taking on and shedding blockers...Average tackler....Only started for one year and he has just two seasons of DI experience. Does not have great instincts or quick reactions. ... Can be easily led astray by misdirection. ... Is not very flexible and stands upright too often in coverage, which makes it difficult for him to change directions. ... Doesn't disengage from blocks or use his hands well at the line to make plays. ... Needs to wrap up more consistently.
Notes: JUCO transfer and was an All-American at City College of San Francisco...Played in four consecutive college football national championship games (2 in junior college and 2 with the Buckeyes)..An emerging prospect who might be a little underrated.
Compares To: CALEB MILLER-Cincinnati
Agility Tests
Campus: 4.58 in the 40-yard dash … 1.55 10-yard dash … 2.66 20-yard dash … 32-inch vertical jump … 325-pound bench press … 400-pound squat … 308-pound power clean … 33 ¼-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed.
Combine: 4.76 in the 40-yard dash … 1.55 10-yard dash … 2.73 20-yard dash … 4.22 20-yard shuttle … 11.73 60-yard shuttle … 6.77 three-cone drill … 31 ½-inch vertical jump … 9'5" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times.

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Excerpts Nolan's post-draft comments:

RE: Where do you see Balmer competing for a spot?

“He’s a very athletic big guy. He’ll compete at the nose as well as the end position. Since we only have three defensive line positions, he will compete at both. I would think more along the lines of the nose and the left end position where (Bryant Young) has left, but that’s also where Isaac Sopoaga, right now, is pegged to be the guy. So there will be some competition there. But, again, depth on the defensive line is something we really haven’t been able to address, other than adding Justin Smith this past free agency. I know Aubrayo (Franklin) came in last year, but he wasn’t necessarily that top guy we were looking at. Justin Smith was that guy, as Nate Clements was two years ago. Balmer, obviously, is a guy who was a high pick for us, and our picks – whether you go all the way back to Alex (Smith), to Vernon (Davis), to Manny (Lawson), to Joe Staley, Patrick Willis – all of those players have been impact players for our football team. We look for both of these players that we took, in particular Kentwan (Balmer), to do the same.”

RE: Does this cement your 3-4?
“No. As you know, it’s a versatile 3-4. All I can tell you is the language stays the same, the way we utilize it. But your objective is to get your best 11 on the field. Now what I think he’ll do, is he’ll make one of those defensive linemen either stay on the field or come off the field. He’s going to make somebody better. Whether he takes their job or he pushes them, but I’m looking for him to contribute. One of the things that was interesting and also encouraging was he’s a guy that plays almost every snap. Justin Smith, at Cincinnati, was one of those guys. It’s very difficult to have the stamina to play ever snap in a football game as a defensive lineman. For any of you that may have wrestled as a kid, or even wrestled in your own house with your brother or whatever, you know you get tired real fast. That’s what a defensive lineman does every snap. So a guy that can play and have the stamina is really big. He’s also athletic. He’s got great size. I’m excited about it. Like I said, he was the highest guy of the guys we talked about, but I was very excited he was there. Scot (McCloughan) and I both were a little bit caught by surprise. We had heard possibly, but at the same time, sometimes you look at it and go: ‘That’s a little bit of a dream. I don’t know if that’s going to happen.’ But he was there, and we feel good.”

RE: What did you see in Rachal?

“When it all started back in February, the first thing Scot (McCloughan) said to me before going to the combine was ‘I think this guy is like a poor man’s Larry Allen.’ Now whatever that means, take it for what it means. I kind of started to wonder what he was saying too. Does that mean he’s going to play 14 years? Or does that mean he’s going to be a big athletic mauler that’s going to the Hall of Fame? I didn’t know. He (Scot McCloughan) said that was the style of play he (Rachal) had. He’s a tough guy, he’s a big guy, and he’s a West Coast guy, which to some may not matter. In this game it really does. You want guys to want to be where they’re playing. If they’ve got family nearby, (if) family sees them, if they’re happy with where they are, all those kinds of things. So we’re excited about him. We didn’t do it because David Baas got nicked up. We knew going into the draft that was an area we wanted to add some depth. And we’re hopefully going to do it in the draft, and we were able to do it with one pick here. That wasn’t the deciding factor. It was just the best player we felt on the offensive line that was left. As you all saw, a lot of offensive linemen went after that second pick. All the tackles, I think there were seven maybe eight, we put Duane Brown in that tackle category. So that’s a lot of linemen to go.”

RE: In what way is Cody similar to Jeremy Newberry?
“His personality. Jeremy was tough, serious. What Jeremy did was important to him. He was a no nonsense guy when it came to football.”

RE: Does Cody play like Jeremy?
“We will wait and see. As Jeremy didn’t, Cody doesn’t back down. He’s not as big as Jeremy, but he has good size and isn’t small. He would be an average size center, but as we all know centers come in all sizes.”

RE: What is his weight at right now?
“He’s about 300 right now. Our guards are typically our big guys as is evidenced by the guys we have and the players we drafted yesterday.”

RE: Will Reggie be a part of the kick return game?
“If he can do it, yes. He has some, but not enough for us to have chosen him for that purpose. We do like anyone that had caught punts or kicks, but he’ll do the special teams because of his position, but as far as returning ability we will wait and see.”

RE: Is Larry (Grant) a Ted linebacker?
“By position, he can be either one, but that’s where he will be.”

RE: Will Larry be competing with three other guys?
“Two other guys. We are six deep inside at two positions, so three and three. He will be competing with all of them because they are all interchangeable. We’re just going to line him up left and right and just go with it.”

RE: Which side is Patrick Willis on?
“Patrick is the MiKE linebacker. The others are fighting for the other spots.”

RE: Who are the three Ted's that will be competing?
“The three Teds will be (Jeff) Ulbrich, (Larry) Grant, and Dontarrious Thomas. Not particularly in that order, but those three.”

RE: Will Brandon Moore be your Will linebacker?
“Brandon will be the MIKE. He can go inside, outside but he will be behind the MiKE backer.”

RE: Who will be competing for the nickel linebacker spot?
“Ulbrich backs him up. Outside of that, the guys that play the inside backer position, when we have what we call a big nickel, they will play that. You have Ulbrich behind Patrick right now in the sub category. Behind him, Grant and Thomas will compete for that. So we have four guys right now. When you go into training camp, that’s typically what you have.”

RE: Is it still possible to sign Takeo Spikes?
“It’s not out of the picture. Nothing will happen today, though.”

RE: Is Grant big enough to be a Ted?
“Sure, he’s big enough. He has a sturdy body. He’s not huge. He’s not as big as some Teds I would agree. Dontarrious probably looks more like it than anyone else, but again our key is to get the best football player on the field, so if he is one of the better linebackers, he can get that job. If we have to go 4-3 to cover him up because he isn’t big enough, we can do that. The issue with the 3-4 is that in a straight up 3-4, you need bigger inside backers because they have to pound with the guards all day long.”

RE: Can Grant still do the over under with the 3-4?
“That’s right. That’s the beauty of being in it. When you talk about overs and unders that’s immediately 4-3. You don’t have an over under 3-4 defense because once you go over and under, that creates the 4-3. So if somebody tells you they are a 3-4 under team, they are basically a 4-3.”

RE: Does Grant have skills in special teams?
“Yes, Al Everest was very excited. He was still selling him after we picked him.”

RE: What about Josh Morgan stands out to you?
“He’s a strong, productive guy that has good numbers as most guys do this time of year. He was at Virginia Tech, which is a very good program with a lot of good players. Several of his teammates were also chosen. He played at a high level in a very good conference. You want to get playmakers when you take them on the offensive side of the ball and he has been that. You like to have bigger, stronger, faster players not only because this is a big man’s game, but also for durability. He’s about a six foot half inch, 220 pound guy, so that’s a pretty good size.”

RE: Is he (Josh Morgan) a guy that you asked Mike Martz’s opinion about?
“Yes, I did, but earlier on. When we took him, it was clear cut we were going to take him.”

RE: On Morgan being a that’s a big physical guy like he's had in the past
“Before I got here, but since I’ve got here we’ve only drafted a couple of wide receivers. As a matter of fact, the one guy we did take was a guy that we had to let go every year. Brandon Williams – he’s a smaller guy. We do like the bigger guys. When you look at all positions, particularly linemen we have some bigger guys.”

RE: Is a bigger body receiver fine with Martz since his history has been with smaller plaeyrs?
“At the same time now, there were smaller guys on the board we liked. We liked the guy (DeSean Jackson) across the way at Cal. We liked some different guys, but for one reason or another who ends up in a 49ers uniform has a lot to do not with what we think but with what others think of them because they may take them. There were also some guys who had return ability – some smaller receivers – that we were interested in, but it just didn’t fall that way.”

RE: How many undrafted guys do you expect to sign?
“We need to sign a few more offensive linemen, a couple more wide receivers – just to get our numbers right for our mini-camp. We will, more than likely, be under the 80 limit for the mini camp. And depending on what they do for the 80 or 86 limit in the end, I’m not sure exactly where that stands.”

RE: What is (that number refer to)?
“The limit of number of players you can have on your roster.”

RE: They might bump it up to 86?
“Rumor has it. But we’re not working off of that. Right now we’re working off the 80 number, and if that’s where it stays we’ll be okay. But I don’t know if we’ll get up to 80. I think we’re at 71 on our roster right now. We’ll probably, rough guestimate, sign about six guys. So obviously we’ll be under the 80. Right now we need a couple wide receivers, a couple offensive linemen. And then a guy here and there – one guy here, one guy there. If somebody very good wants to be a 49er, which does happen from time to time, and sees that he’s got an opportunity to make our squad, and we think he’s a pretty good player. He might not be a position of need, but if he wants to be here we’re going to try to sign him.”

RE: So, two wide receivers, two linemen?

“Yeah, that’s just kind of throwing it out there because I know that’s someplace we want to keep the depth. Wide receiver and DB’s run like hell all the time, so you need about three-deep, plus one or two. Offensive linemen and defensive linemen, you need three-deep typically because they’re hitting all the time. One guy misses a practice here and there. So the positions because of the physical expectations where you need a little bit more sometimes, and just to protect ourselves. But the most important thing is, the guys we’re signing as free agents, we’d like to think they have the chance to make us better.” ... 0Notebooks ... 0Notebooks ... 0Notebooks

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