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INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Jim Harbaugh came from Stanford to the 49ers in 2011. And, sure enough, in those first three offseasons, the 49ers added seven Stanford rookies to the team’s training camp roster.
However, the 49ers have yet to draft a Stanford player during that time. Each of the former Cardinal players has been signed as an undrafted free agent – and none has made the 49ers’ final 53-man roster.
Harbaugh was asked Thursday if he can put a finger on why the 49ers have not invested a draft pick on anyone who played for him in college.
“I can put a finger on that,” Harbaugh said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “You watch the tape. You evaluate at the Combine here. And you can see most all of the good players – and there are a lot of them.
“And the biggest problem is you watch them, you see how good they are, and then you realize we’re going to be playing against them. Because you only get one pick every 32 picks, and so the great majority of these players play against you. You know it’s coming. You know how good they are.”
Sure enough, the 49ers lost games last season to the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts with former Stanford standouts Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin and Andrew Luck playing major roles.
“And some of the Stanford players’ cases, ‘Man, I’m sure not looking forward to playing Andrew Luck,’” Harbaugh said. “But you realize that you’re probably going to be. And, sure enough, you end up playing him and he does pretty darn well.”