49ers use final pick on Florida A&M CB Holcomb

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49ers use final pick on Florida A&M CB Holcomb

April 30, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe 49ers made their final selection in the 2011 draft, the 49ers selected Curtis Holcolmb, cornerback from Florida A&M. On his best skill as a cornerback:
I think I can bring a lot to the table when it comes to cornerback. It may be a shutdown corner, just an all-around type guy. I can make open-field tackles, actually I think thats my best thing. I can tackle well. But, I also like to get my hands on the ball and I think, I believe that Im an overall good cornerback. I can play wherever the coaches need me to play. On whether he was anxious about the idea of not getting drafted, particularly with the pending labor situation in the NFL:
Yeah, I think every player who hasnt gotten drafted was thinking the same thing. So, I couldnt say I wasnt, of course I was. But Im just glad that the 49ers decided to take me and I just thank coaches and all of the organization for taking a chance on a guy like me. On his interaction with the 49ers in recent weeks:
I had a workout, a personal workout with guys and (secondary) coach (Ed) Donatell called me about two or three days ago saying he really loves me. He wants to get me out there. He wants to take me and hes going to talk to the coaches and everything for me and everything, talk to everybody and try to get me out there and I just thank the whole organization once again for taking a chance on a guy like me. On what he means by the organization taking a chance on a guy like him:
Im just saying, its getting close to the end and most, as you know, small school guys, they go free agents and stuff like that. But I really feel like I put in a lot of work over the last four years and I deserve to be a draft pick and I just thank God and the organization for taking the chance with drafting me because I really believe that I was worth a draft pick. On how well he knows cornerback Leroy Vann:
He was my teammate for the past three years. Great guy, great kid. I think hes in Canada right now playing but he was my teammate for the past three years. Me and him have a close relationship. On whether he ever talked to Vann about his brief experience with the 49ers:
I talked to him a few times. I didnt talk to him like that because I knew he was in training camp and stuff like that so I didnt want to bother him. But he was like, Its an experience out there in California. Its a lot of fun, just like it is in Florida. So, I guess Im going to get used to it. On where he is right now:
Im actually in Tallahassee right now, Tallahassee. On whether he is a cornerback all the way:
Yes sir. I can play everything. I know I can play special teams; as a matter of fact I played on three out of four special teams. Im a cornerback, a special teams guy, an overall complete football player.Transcript courtesy San Francisco 49ers media services

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

49ers scheduled to meet with Garrett, the likely No. 1 overall pick

The 49ers have a visit scheduled with the presumptive top pick in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers, owners of the No. 2 overall selection, will visit with Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett, he told reporters Thursday at this pro day, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

General manager John Lynch attended Garrett's pro day workout in College Station, Texas.

"I thought it was impressive," Lynch told Wilson in a video posted on social media. "Here’s this kid who really doesn’t need to show everyone much more, but yet he shows up and runs a 40. I think it just speaks to the kind of kid he is. It was impressive. It’s well-documented – I’m not saying anything ground-breaking – he’s a special athlete.

"He checks all the boxes. That’s why people are talking about him in the way they are."

Garrett said he has upcoming visits with the 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Each NFL team is allowed to bring in 30 draft-eligible prospects from outside their area. The 49ers have their list of 30 prospects already finalized, Lynch said.

In addition, teams can visit with an unlimited number of local prospects. The 49ers’ local pro day -- featuring athletes from Stanford, Cal, San Jose State and prospects from the Bay Area who played college football elsewhere – is scheduled for April 12 in Santa Clara.

The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 1 overall pick, and coach Hue Jackson ruled out the possibility of the team trading that selection for a quarterback. Garrett is considered the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 overall selection.

"We're getting closer to it but the draft is the 27th (of April),'' Jackson said at the NFL owners meetings. "I think it's a little soon to really say it's this guy or that guy.”

Garrett (6 foot 4, 272 pounds) recorded 31 sacks and 47 tackles for loss during his three-year college career.

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon plays angry

Among the players the 49ers first targeted for their rebuilding project is a wide receiver who has nine years of NFL experience and turns 31 early in training camp.

Coach Kyle Shanahan pinpointed Pierre Garçon to be his top addition at wide receiver. Garçon is coming off the second 1,000-yard season of his career. His career-best output came was his 113-catch, 1,346-yard season in 2014 with Shanahan as Washington's offensive coordinator.

“I’ve always loved Pierre just because of how angry he plays,” Shanahan said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. “He gives you his all. He plays extremely aggressive. The best leaders are the guys who lead by example. Pierre’s not going to say much, but you know he’s going to go out there and fight every single play no matter what the situation is, whether it’s run or pass. That elevates everyone around him.”

Within the first two days of free agency, the 49ers signed Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. The 49ers had earlier signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to an extension, while not pursuing Quinton Patton, who signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

“You go into free agency and you study all the free agents who are available and then you stack them and see who can help you team the most,” Shanahan said. “Pierre was at the top of that list. Also knowing him made me feel better about that because you know exactly what you’re getting.

“But it all starts with the tape. It was very encouraging to turn on the tape and watch the level Pierre is still playing at. When you see that on tape and you also know the type the guy. I was very excited to get him.”