35 expected for afternoon practice

Today’s 49ers practices are like a two-seating dinner. The veterans swept through for a voluntary OTA this morning. At 3:45 this afternoon, they will be supplanted by 35 rookies and first-year players: eight draft picks, nine undrafted free agents, 12 rookies getting tryouts and six players who are technically first-year guys though they came out a year ago.

For those of you keeping score at home:


Anthony Davis, T
Mike Iupate, G
Taylor Mays, S
Navorro Bowman, LB
Anthony Dixon, RB
Nate Byham, TE
Kyle Williams, WR/KR
Phillip Adams, CB

Mike Balogun, LB
Tramaine Brock, S
Jarrett Brown, QB
Keaton Kristick, LB
Scott Long, WR
Chris Maragos, S
Jared Perry, WR
Patrick Stoudamire, CB
LeRoy Vann, CB/PR

Tavita Pritchard, QB
Phil Zavala, P
Bakari Grant, WR
Brandon Fragger, RB
Matt Wigley, LS
Alonzo Durham, OL
William Tukuafu, DE
Chris Perri, DE
Aaron Kia, OL
Rocky Savaiigaea, DL
Isaako Poti, OL
Josh Taufalele, OL

Joe Jon Finley, TE
Jehuu Caulcrick, FB
Alex Boone, T
Martail Burnett, LB
Khalif Mitchell, DT

The newest edition is Brandon Long, who was a rookie out of Michigan State last year, and was just signed to a two-year contract. He was honorable-mention All-Big Ten as a senior in 2008, with 5½ sacks. If Long surprises everyone and ends up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he won’t need directions. He’s from Canton, Ohio.

Long’s arrival was bad news for Shay Hodge, the Mississippi wide receiver who was originally announced as a undrafted free agent. Hodge was the odd man out.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *