Camp report (85): 49ers' Smith greeted warmly

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Camp report (85): 49ers' Smith greeted warmly

August 5, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Practice No. 7
Summary: The public got its first glimpse of the 49ers on Friday, and the crowd did not turn on QB Alex Smith like fans of the Miami Dolphins jeered Chad Henne as their open practice date this week. Smith, received warmly by the fans in attendance, looked better than he did Thursday. It was Smith's first practice this summer with full pads. The 49ers also ran 10 "live" plays with full tackling. LB Patrick Willis made the best hit, clobbering FB Jack Corcoran after a 5-yard completion from Kaepernick.Offensive Play of the day: A pair of rookies combined on the best play of the day, as QB Colin Kaepernick delivered a 50-yard pass down the field to undrafted rookie Chris Hogan (Monmouth) on the first play of the second-team offense's two-minute drill. Hogan made the catch before safety C.J. Spillman got there. Hogan sustained what appeared to be a right ankle sprain. He was able to walk off under his own power.Defensive Play of the day:Taylor Mays, who the 49ers are openly shopping for trade value, broke up Alex Smith's fourth-down pass intended for TE Vernon Davis in the end zone to end the two-minute drill at the conclusion of practice.RELATED: 49ers' Mays works through 'adversity'
Injury report: CB Shawntae Spencer (left hamstring) sat out his fourth full day of work. . . . LB Ahmad Brooks, LB Keaton Kristick, NT Isaac Sopoaga (hamstring) sat out. LB Navorro Bowman did not take part in 11-on-11 work. WR Michael Crabtree (left foot) and WR Dominique Zeigler (left knee) are on physically-unable-to-perform list. . . . TE Nate Byham (torn left ACL), WR Dontavia Bogan (torn right ACL) and CB Curtis Holcomb (ruptured left Achilles tendon) are out for the season.Starting to work: FB
Bruce Miller, whom the 49ers selected in the seventh round, made his practice debut. Miller was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list after reporting to camp last week with a shoulder injury.Quotable: "San fran I'm home!" -- former Bills S Donte Whitner, who agreed to terms with the 49ers on a three-year, 11.75 million contract on Thursday and announced Friday evening on Twitter that his flight to the Bay Area had landed.On the sideline: Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents several 49ers players, made the trip from Miami to watch practice. Rosenhaus is in negotiations with the 49ers on a contract extension for RB Frank Gore, who held out the first four days of training camp. Coach Jim Harbaugh this week said he expects Gore's extension to be completed "sooner rather than later." Rosenhaus also represents free-agent safety Dashon Goldson. Rosenhaus declined comment on the status of any contract negotiations.Depth chart: Here's a look at the depth chart based on how the players lined up at Friday's practice . . .
Offense
QB -- Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick.
RB -- Frank Gore, Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter, Xavier Omon.
FB -- Moran Norris, Bruce Miller, Jack Corcoran.
WR -- Braylon Edwards, Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams, Kevin Jurovich, Tyler Beiler.
WR -- Josh Morgan, Ronald Johnson, Lance Long, Joe Hastings, Chris Hogan.
(Truth be told, because of the different receiver combinations shuttled in, it's difficult to differentiate who's lining up with which groups.
TE -- Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Colin Cloherty, Konrad Reuland.
LT -- Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Donovan Edwards.
LG -- Mike Iupati, Daniel Kilgore, Chase Beeler.
C -- Adam Snyder, Jonathan Goodwin, Tony Wragge.
RG -- Chilo Rachal, Tony Wragge, Derek Hall.
RT -- Anthony Davis, Mike Person, Kenny Wiggins.Defense
LDE -- Ray McDonald, Brian Bulcke.
NT -- Ricky Jean Francois, Ian Williams.
RDE -- Justin Smith, Demarcus Dobbs.
LOLB -- Parys Haralson, Antwan Applewhite, Monte Simmons.
ILB -- Patrick Willis, Alex Joseph
ILB -- (NaVorro Bowman), Larry Grant, Blake Costanzo.
ROLB -- Aldon Smith, Thaddeus Gibson, Kenny Rowe.
LCB -- Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver.
RCB -- Tarell Brown, Tramaine Brock, Phillip Adams.
S -- Reggie Smith, Curtis Taylor, Chris Maragos.
S -- C.J. Spillman, Madieu Williams, Taylor Mays.Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled for another three-hour practice open to the general public, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The team has a day off scheduled for Sunday.

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

C.J. BEATHARD
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

AHKELLO WITHERSPOON
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.