49ers camp summary (814): Smith heats up, new depth chart


49ers camp summary (814): Smith heats up, new depth chart

Summary: Quarterback Alex Smith opened the 7-on-7 and team portions of practice on a hot streak. The ball rarely hit the ground in the first half of practice with Smith delivering on-target passes to a variety of targets, including two scoring passes to Randy Moss.The only incompletion through Smith's first 25 pass attempts came when his throw to Moss along the back of the end zone slipped through his hands. The other throw up to that point that hit the ground was an incomplete pass intended for Ted Ginn. But Tarell Brown was called for pass interference on the play.Smith and Mario Manningham picked up where they left off from practice Monday. The pair capped a two-minute drill with a perfect pitch-and-catch of a 33-yard pass down the right sideline against the coverage of rookie Deante' Purvis. Later, Smith and Manningham hooked up for another deep pass against Purvis and safety Colin Jones.The practice was not without its offensive miscues. Scott Tolzien and LaMichael James fumbled a handoff, as did Josh Johnson and Anthony Dixon. A.J. Jenkins' hands were a little shaky with one drop and another juggling catch of an easy pass. He also fumbled without getting touched after getting near the left sideline on a reverse.Injury report: Outside linebacker Aldon Smith is expected to miss more than a week with a right hip bruise. He is still walking with the assistance of a crutch. Smith sustained the injury in the first quarter of the 49ers' exhibition opener against the Minnesota Vikings. . . . Tight end Delanie Walker (right knee) missed his second practice, but coach Jim Harbaugh said the injury is not expected to keep Walker out of any regular-season games. . . . Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga and linebacker Ahmad Brooks missed their second practice apiece. Both were on the field to watch their teammates, as was cornerback Tramaine Brock, who sat out his first practice of camp. Rookie outside linebacker Cam Johnson, tight end Nate Byham and receiver Joe Hastings did not practice, either. . . . Running back Jewel Hampton (left foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (left knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Offensive play of the day: Colin Kaepernick, who coach Jim Harbaugh said has emerged as the No. 2 quarterback, delivered a perfect touch pass to Michael Crabtree for a 12-yard touchdown. Crabtree made the catch against the coverage of Carlos Rogers and Dashon Goldson and did a nifty job of tapping both feet in the corner of the end zone.Defensive play of the day: Third cornerback Chris Culliver kept up with speedster Chris Owusu down the right sideline to break up a well-thrown deep pass from Josh Johnson during an 11-on-11 session.Eye on reps: Demarcus Dobbs is no longer wearing a red jersey to play tight end on offense or a white jersey for defensive line. As a true two-way player, Dobbs now wears a black practice jersey to play on both sides of the ball from snap to snap.Back at work: Nose tackle Ian Williams returned to practice after being sidelined for most of practice Monday with an injury. Inside linebacker Tavares Gooden also returned to practice after missing a day. Outside linebacker Kenny Rowe was eligible to practice with pads for the first time after signing him on Saturday.Notable: The 49ers held a workout for inside linebacker Mike Balogun, who spent the 2010 summer at training camp. Balogun, however, left Santa Clara without a contract, as he intends to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a source.On the sideline: Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers was a guest at practice and spent a good portion of the day speaking with 49ers GM Trent Baalke.Quotable: "These are four quarterbacks that will all play a very long time in this league. Knew that it would be very competitive in the offseason and in training camp. It's been of great value, in that we don't take a bad rep in practice because of the quarterback not knowing what to do or not having the ability to make any of the particular throws, et cetera" -- Jim Harbaugh.Next practice: The 49ers return to practice Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:10 p.m. The 49ers will break camp after practice on Friday.
The 49ers released their second depth chart of camp with few changes from a week ago. Here is how the team stacks up heading into Saturday's exhibition game at the Houston Texans:
WR: 15-Michael Crabtree, 10-Kyle Williams, 17-A.J. Jenkins, 13-Joe Hastings, 89-Nathan Palmer, 81-Chris Owusu
LT: 74-Joe Staley, 78-Mike Person, 65-Al Netter
LG: 77-Mike Iupati, 66-Joe Looney
C: 59-Jonathan Goodwin, 67-Daniel Kilgore, 61-Chase Beeler, 62-Jason Slowey
RG: 75-Alex Boone, 68-Leonard Davis, 71-Derek Hall
RT: 76-Anthony Davis, 69-Kenny Wiggins
TE: 85-Vernon Davis, 46-Delanie Walker, 88-Konrad Reuland, 40-Demarcus Dobbs, 48-Garrett Celek, 82-Nate Byham, 47-Kyle Nelson, 43-Gijon Robinson, 83-Joe Sawyer
WR: 19-Ted Ginn or 84-Randy Moss or 14-Mario Manningham, 18-Brett Swain, 9-Brian Tyms, 35-Ben Hannula
RB: 49-Bruce Miller, 24-Anthony Dixon, 44-Cameron Bell
RB: 21-Frank Gore, 32-Kendall Hunter, 45-Brandon Jacobs, 23-LaMichael James, 28 Rock Cartwright
QB: 11-Alex Smith, 7-Colin Kaepernick, 1-Josh Johnson, 3-Scott TolzienREWIND: 49ers offensive player-by-player review vs. Vikings
LDT: 91-Ray McDonald, 95-Ricky Jean Francois, 63-Tony Jerod-Eddie, 69-Patrick Butrym
NT: 90-Isaac Sopoaga, 93-Ian Williams
RDT: 94-Justin Smith, 92-Will Tukuafu, 71-Matthew Masifilo
OLB: 55-Ahmad Brooks, 98-Parys Haralson, 44-Eric Bakhtiari, 50-Cam Johnson
ILB: 53-NaVorro Bowman, 54-Larry Grant, 51-Joe Holland
ILB: 52-Patrick Willis, 56-Tavares Gooden, 57-Michael Wilhoite
OLB: 99-Aldon Smith, 98-Parys Haralson, 48-Kourtnei Brown, 41-Kenny Rowe
LCB: 22-Carlos Rogers, 26-Tramaine Brock, 20-Perrish Cox
RCB: 25-Tarell Brown, 29-Chris Culliver, 33-Anthony Mosley, 40-Deante' Purvis
FS: 38-Dashon Goldson, 27-C.J. Spillman, 23-Cory Nelms, 43-Colin Jones
SS: 31-Donte Whitner, 30-Trenton Robinson, 32-Darcel McBath, 36-Michael ThomasREWIND: 49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Vikings
PR: 19-Ted Ginn, 10-Kyle Williams, 23-LaMichael James
KOR: 19-Ted Ginn, 32-Kendall Hunter, 23-LaMichael James
P: 4-Andy Lee
K: 2-David Akers, 5-Giorgio Tavecchio
H: 4-Andy Lee
LS: 86-Brian Jennings, 47-Kyle Nelson

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.

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.