49ers reach agreements with undrafted rookies

49ers reach agreements with undrafted rookies
April 28, 2013, 6:30 am

Alex Debniak (6-2, 240) played outside linebacker for the Stanford Cardinal. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The 49ers have reached three-year contract agreements with a class of undrafted rookies, including Stanford linebacker Alex Debniak, who the team projects as a fullback.

Over the course of the three-day NFL draft, the 49ers selected 11 new players. They immediately reached agreements with players who were not chosen during the seven-round draft.

The 49ers are scheduled to hold their three-day rookie minicamp at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara beginning on Friday, May 10.

Here's is the list of the 49ers' undrafted rookies:

FB Alex Debniak, Stanford
Debniak (6-2, 240) played outside linebacker for the Cardinal. As a fifth-year senior, Debniak recorded 24 tackles (18 solo), four sacks, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. He attended the 49ers' local pro day on April 17. UPDATE: Signed May 3.

DL Lawrence Okoye, British discus thrower
Okoye (6-6, 305) has never played American football, but his raw physical tools makes him an intriguing possibility for defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to develop. He holds the British record in the discus at 223 feet, 10.6 inches. Coach Jim Harbaugh spoke of Okoye on Saturday, "Our Creator created a beautiful man." UPDATE: Signed May 3.

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RB MarQueis Gray, Minnesota
Gray (6-3, 240) did it all during his time at Minnesota. He caught 42 passes as a sophomore for 587 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver. The next year he played extensively at quarterback, completing 108 of 213 pass attempts for 1,495 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. As a senior, he rushed for 390 yards and five touchdowns. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

WR Chuck Jacobs, Utah State
Jacobs (6-0, 178) took part in the 49ers' local pro day on April 17. He played ball at Kennedy High in Richmond and went on to Laney College in Oakland before landing at Utah State. He had 36 catches for 550 yards and five touchdowns. UPDATE: Announced May 7.

OT Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific
Marquardt (6-8, 315) He wanted to play basketball in college, but ended up on the football team as a tight end. He has been coached by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater. He missed the the entire 2012 season with a foot injury. San Francisco line coach Mike Solari met with him extensively recently at his pro day. Marquardt recently underwent another surgery on his foot, but should be ready to compete in a timely fashion. UPDATE: Signed May 3.

OG Patrick Omameh, Michigan
Omameh (6-4, 303) started 13 games at right guard for the Wolverines last year. He plays with force, and he has plenty of intangibles as an academic All-Big Ten selection. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

C Sherman Carter, Tennessee State
Carter (6-2 1/2, 304) was a three-year starter and was selected to the All-Ohio Valley Conference first team as a senior. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

CB Darryl Morris, Texas State
Morris (5-10, 186) made the All-Western Athletic Conference second team as a senior with four interceptions. He has very good speed, as he timed unofficially at 4.33 in the 40. He also has value as a return man. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

LS Kevin McDermott, UCLA
McDermott (6-4, 234) played 28 games as the Bruins' long-snapper. He will compete against consistent 13-year veteran Brian Jennings. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

DT Mike Purcell, Wyoming
Purcell (6-3, 305) has agred to terms with the 49ers, WyoSports.net reports. He was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection after a very consistent season in which he recorded five or more tackles in 11 of Wyoming's 12 games. He had no sacks but recorded eight tackles for loss. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

RB D.J. Harper, Boise State
Harper (5-9, 211) holds the distinction of scoring multiple touchdowns in six consecutive seasons -- possible only after being granted two medical hardship seasons due to serious knee injuries early in 2009 and 2010. As a senior, he rushed for 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his career, he totaled 2,779 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns, along with 54 catches for 396 yards and two receiving touchdowns. UPDATE: Announced May 7.

DB Lowell Rose, Tulsa
Rose (6 foot 3/8 inch, 194) transferred from UCLA prior to the 2010 season. He started all 14 games last season and was chosen as an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection. He recorded 56 tackles with two interceptions and 10 passes broken up. He impressed scouts at his pro day with a 39½-inch vertical leap and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

P Anthony Santella, Illinois
Santella was previously in the Carolina Panthers' camp in 2011, so he's not an undrafted rookie. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior and finished his career with a 40.8 punting average. UPDATE: Signed May 2.

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