April 29, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comWith the 80th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected cornerback Chris Culliver from South Carolina.
The 49ers traded their third round pick (76th overall) to the Jaguars in exchange for the 80th pick and the 182nd overall pick (sixth round).Culliver spoke to reporters via conference call:On whether he had any inkling the 49ers were going to pick him:
"I didnt know. I was definitely surprised but Jim Harbaugh definitely told me he was very interested in me and I'm definitely glad I took the trip up there because I felt like I showed what type of character I have and just to get to know everybody. So, I'm definitely glad to be a 49er now."
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On when he took the trip to visit the 49ers:
"Probably about three weeks ago I would say."
On his impression of meeting the defensive coaches:
"Just the direction it was going, I was definitely pleased with what they were trying to do. Meeting the coach, I definitely enjoyed his time and we sat down at dinner and definitely talked a lot and I definitely learned a lot from him, even just talking to him and talking about, looking at tape, learning different formations and everything. So, I definitely feel like hes going to be a coach that can teach me a lot and I can learn a lot from him."
On whether he has fully tapped his potential from college:
"I feel like I wasn't at the best of my ability at South Carolina but I definitely don't doubt anything or complain about the scheme or anything like that. But that's why I'm definitely so glad. So, I'm definitely prepared for the opportunity."
On whether he considers himself a corner or a safety:
"Whatever coach wants me to play. I feel like I can definitely develop into a good corner. I feel like at safety I'm definitely good at that position as well. I know I dont have a lot of years of experience like other guys at corner, but I definitely only can develop and be a better player in that role. So, regardless, I'm down for pretty much whatever coach wants me to do."
It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.
After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.
But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.
Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.
“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.
“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”
The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.
The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.
And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”
On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."
The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.
The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.
The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.