49ers camp summary (86): Kaepernick shows flashes


49ers camp summary (86): Kaepernick shows flashes

Summary: Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers' second-team offense on a two-minute touchdown drive against the No. 2 defense with a combination of his arm and legs.

He dropped in a nice 30-yard pass to tight end Delanie Walker, who beat the coverage of safety Trenton Robinson. Then, Kaepernick ran it into the end zone from 15 yards out on a read-option play.

It was an up-and-down day for Kaepernick, whom cornerback Tramaine Brock intercepted in the red zone. At one point late in practice, Kaepernick badly misfired to a wide-open Brett Swain down the middle of the field, who had several steps on safety Mark LeGree.

But on the very next play, Kaepernick's throw 20 yards down the field was on target to tight end Konrad Reuland. Kaepernick has maintained the lead for the No. 2 job behind starter Alex Smith. Veteran Josh Johnson has not closed the gap with some inconsistent play of his own. Johnson threw an interception to Chris Culliver. Alex Smith also threw an interception, as Perrish Cox picked off a ball intended for Randy Moss.

Injury report: Receiver Michael Crabtree (right leg) went through individual drills for the first time since he was injured July 27. He did not take part in one-on-one or team drills.

Offensive lineman Jason Slowey sat out his second practice with an undisclosed injury.

Safety Dashon Goldson sustained a foot injury when he was cleated during warmup drills. He was held out of practice, but should return as early as Tuesday.

C.J. Spillman filled in for Goldson with the first-team defense.

Receiver Joe Hastings (right leg) and cornerback Curtis Holcomb also did not participate.

Running back Jewel Hampton (foot) is on the non-football injury list, while outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Offensive play of the day: Alex Smith lofted a nicely thrown 35-yard pass to Vernon Davis, who made an over-the-shoulder catch against rookie cornerback Deante' Purvis.

Defensive plays of the day:Outside linebacker Aldon Smith recorded would-be sacks on back-to-back plays against the first-team offense in a four-minute drill. Smith beat right tackle Anthony Davis for a sack on one play. He then chased down Alex Smith, who was rolling out on a third-and-12 play on the next snap.

Eye on reps: Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who played 42 offensive snaps from scrimmage last season, was spotted for the first time on the other side of the ball. He motioned out of the backfield to catch a short touchdown pass from Alex Smith.

Rookie report: In a four-minute drill, which is designed to run out the clock, first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins came up with a nice catch of a Kaepernick pass at the sideline against tight coverage of Deante' Purvis. The 49ers needed 5 yards on a third-down play.

The play netted 6 yards. The 49ers went into their "victory formation" for the next two plays to run out the clock.

Notable: Cornerback Cory Nelms was allowed to leave practice to watch his girlfriend, T'erea Brown, qualify for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympics.

Quotable: "Kendall Hunter is having an exceptional offseason and exceptional camp. Ahmad Brooks has been fantastic all offseason, all camp. . . I don't know if he (Brooks) doubled, tripled or quadrupled his salary, but this is the best shape he's been in. People say it's the best offseason he's had. I think that speaks volumes about a guy, a person. Some people tend to go the other way when money enters the picture like that. I've been real impressed" -- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.

Next practice: The 49ers return to practice Tuesday 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.