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49ers defense needs help from NFL draft

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49ers defense needs help from NFL draft

Feb. 26, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comINDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers can be expected to invest draft picks to shore up the league's 24th-ranked pass defense.Matt Bowen of National Football Post told us Friday that he likes LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson as a potential No. 7 overall pick.
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And if the 49ers try to bolster their pass rush early in the draft, Texas A&M pass-rusher Von Miller would be a logical choice, said NFP's director of college scouting Wes Bunting.Bunting said there is a good chance Miller will be available for the 49ers. But the Arizona Cardinals, picking at No. 6, are also a possible destination for Miller, who recorded 27.5 sacks his final two seasons at A&M.With approximately half of the teams in the NFL now playing 3-4 defenses, a player such as Miller has more widespread appeal."Now guys like Von Miller are in the discussion for the seventh overall pick," Bunting said. "So it forces teams to take these hybrid players a lot higher than they typically would."If the 49ers look to fill a need at outside linebacker after the first round, Bunting identified Dontay Moch (Nevada) and Steven Friday (Virginia Tech) as possible targets.Two defensive linemen who could warrant some consideration at No. 7 overall are Marcell Dareus (Alabama) and Cameron Jordan (Cal). Jordan is considered the better pass rusher of the two. Christian Ballard (Iowa) might be worth the 49ers considering in the second- and third-round range, Bunting said.With veteran Aubrayo Franklin scheduled for free agency, the 49ers have nose tackle on their wish list, too. Bunting said there are no logical options for the 49ers in the first round. But in the next couple rounds, the 49ers could look at Kendrick Ellis (Hampton) and Jerrell Powe (Mississippi).

49ers sign top pick Solomon Thomas during first practice

49ers sign top pick Solomon Thomas during first practice

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers completed contract negotiations with their final unsigned draft pick as the team was going through warm-ups for the first practice of training camp.

Former Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 3 overall pick, signed Friday and was expected to join his teammates later in the day.

The sides agreed to the mandatory four-year contract worth more than $28 million, including a signing bonus of approximately $18.6 million. The deal is expected to be fully guaranteed.

The 49ers also have an option for the fifth season (2021) that must be exercised months after the 2019 season.

Thomas was unable to participate in full-squad workouts during the offseason due to Stanford’s late class schedule. NFL rules prohibit a rookie from attending the offseason program until his school’s classes have concluded for the spring session.

The 49ers – and the vast majority of NFL teams – have not had a contract stalemate with a rookie since the new collective bargaining agreement went into effect in 2011.

The organization had similar timing with a first-round pick from last year. Guard Joshua Garnett, also from Stanford, signed with the 49ers on the evening before players were scheduled to report to training camp.

Around the NFL, there has been only one notable contract disagreement that prevented a draft pick from reporting to camp in a timely fashion. Defensive lineman Joey Bosa, whom the Chargers selected with the No. 3 pick last year, sat out a month of training camp due to a disagreement over how his bonus would be distributed. Bosa and Thomas are both represented by the agent firm of Creative Artists Agency.

Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP

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Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jimmie Ward was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list to open training camp with a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced Friday morning.

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan stated on Thursday that all of their players were healthy and no players would be headed to PUP or the non-football injury list.

But that was before the 49ers were scheduled to have their conditioning test. Ward sustained the injury on Thursday during the team's conditioning test. The team lists him as "week to week."

He can be activated to begin practice at any time. Ward is also eligible to begin the regular season on the PUP list. Any player who opens the regular season on PUP is ineligible for the first six weeks of the season.

Ward is expected to be one of the key members of the 49ers' defense from the free safety position. His role is dubbed "The Eraser," fellow safety Eric Reid said, because of his role as a playmaker in the secondary. However, one of the major questions about Ward is his ability to remain healthy through the rigors of an NFL season.

Ward missed eight games as a rookie due to a foot injury. Last year, he sat out five games due to a shoulder injury.