49ers camp summary (729): Justin Smith dominates


49ers camp summary (729): Justin Smith dominates

Summary: The 49ers held their first padded practice of training camp Sunday, and with the pads finally going on, the players on both lines got their first real opportunities to do what they do.

Nobody took advantage of that more than defensive lineman Justin Smith, the team's MVP last season.

Smith blew up several plays from his position at right defensive tackle. During 11-on-11 plays, Smith knocked offensive lineman Derek Hall on his back on one play. A short time later, Smith leveled backup center Daniel Kilgore. During team drills, Smith joined Aldon Smith and Ray McDonald in picking up would-be quarterback sacks.

"The guys up front really get a lot of work mentally over the course of the offseason. But to simulate playing low, playing hard, playing aggressive, second, third effort, pads are required," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "So, that'll be the first thing we're going to really stress and focus on with these guys is getting them to play lower pad level coming off the offseason."

Injury report: Receiver Michael Crabtree did not take part in any portion of practice for the second day in a row with an apparent right lower leg injury. Crabtree came out to the field late in practice. He had Kinesio tape on the back of his right lower leg, an indication he has a calf strain. The 49ers have not disclosed the specifics of Crabtree's injury . . .

Linebacker Tavares Gooden did not practice due to an illness. . . Receiver Joe Hastings went down with a right leg injury during the individual portion or drills. Although he remained on the field for practice, he did not run any more routes. . . . Guard Joe Looney (foot) and running back Jewel Hampton are on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

No-fight zone: Earlier in the day, Harbaugh said he would not tolerate scuffles on the practice field. "We want no fights, he said. "When guys are punching other guys in the helmet, why would we want that? That's not going to help us win games. We'll be proactive with that and when tempers flare, you handle it. So, we have a team that's willing to do that together, coaches, staff, players handle those kind of issues-before they happen, hopefully."

Harbaugh demonstrated his no-tolerance policy when he ordered rookie receiver Brian Tyms off the field midway through practice. According to eye-witness Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, Tyms upended rookie safety Trenton Robinson during a special-teams drill and then "verbally taunted" Robinson. Tyms left the field. After practice, he came out to the speak with Harbaugh on the field. Harbaugh appeared to have some pointed comments to Tyms. The two men shook hands at the conclusion of the discussion.

Notable: Receiver Kyle Williams tried to haul in a pass from Josh Johnson and keep his feet in-bounds at the sideline. When the ball fell to the ground, Williams kicked it in frustration. The ball hit the top of the green-tarped fence and bounced over into the driveway behind the team's practice facility. Williams sheepishly returned to the huddle.

Rookie report: First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins made a nice catch during a one-on-one session against physical coverage from cornerback Perrish Cox. . . Undrafted rookie receiver Nathan Palmer, however, was the standout rookie of the day. He turned around Carlos Rogers with an inside release to catch a pass during one-on-one drills. During 7-on-7, he beat Rogers and Donte Whitner to catch a pass from Scott Tolzien about 40 yards down the field. Working again against the first-team defense, he made a nice catch of a slightly off-target throw from Colin Kaepernick. But all was not perfect. Near the end of practice, Palmer reacted with frustration when he dropped a pass from Tolzien on a deep crossing crossing pattern.

Extra work: Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Randy Moss took turns providing physical distractions to each other while catching passes from the Jugs machine after practice. Davis gave Gore gentle shoves in the back as the passes were coming to him. Moss and Davis took turns softly grabbing each other's arms with the spirals en route. During the 7-on-7 session of practice Moss made an amazing juggling catch below his knees at the left sideline on a pass Kaepernick fired with safety C.J. Spillman nearby.

Tying up loose ends: Linebackerfullback Michael Wilhoite played offense for most of the practice. With about 30 minutes remaining, Wilhoite took off the red jersey to expose a white jersey. He finished the practice at linebacker.

Next practice: The 49ers return the practice field Monday with a practice in full pads. The 49ers are scheduled to practice from 2:30 to 5:10 p.m. None of the 49ers' practices in Santa Clara this summer are open to the general public due to the ongoing stadium construction.

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Quarterback
College: Iowa
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
Selection: Third round, No. 104 overall

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the quarterback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, in the third round of the NFL draft with the No. 66 overall pick.

“Being close to home is an incredible opportunity, as well as the type of defense they play -- press man, up in your face,” Witherspoon said. “When I came in for a visit, they were asking me if I’ve adopted that role and if I’d be willing to continue that. And I said, ‘Absolutely.’

“It’s an opportunity to play for such a great organization, close to home, with such a savvy defensive mentality. I think it’s going to be a great place for me.”

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the selection at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection (No. 229 overall) this year. The 49ers now have 10 picks in next year’s draft.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Witherspoon began his college career at Sacramento City. He played his final three college seasons at Colorado. He started 12 games last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Witherspoon led the nation with 22 pass breakups. He recorded one interception -- a game-saving pick in the end zone to preserve a 41-38 victory over Oregon. A pre-med student majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, he said he aspires to be a doctor after his football career.

But Witherspoon said he is committed to football and promised the 49ers during his visit to Santa Clara that he will make huge strides over the next few years as he continues to develop as a player.