49ers select LB Navorro Bowman in third round

The 49ers selected Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman, a 6-foot, 240-pounder, with their pick in the third round. It was the No. 91 overall selection.

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The 49ers originally held the 16th pick in the third round, No. 79. But the 49ers worked out a deal with the Chargers to allow San Diego to move up 12 spots to take linebacker Donald Butler (Washington).


In exchange, the 49ers received the Chargers’ third-round pick (No. 91), their sixth-round selection (No. 173), as well as San Diego‘s fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft.


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It sounds like Bowman expects to play an inside linebacker position in the 49ers’ 3-4 defense.


“I like to fly around and be in space,” he said. “With that defense, I’ll probably be in the middle somewhere, flying around and making plays.”


He might be used as a backup to Takeo Spikes. But maybe we’ll find out later how Mike Singletary envisions using him.


He said he is looking forward to playing under Singletary, a Hall of Fame linebacker. He said it will be a pleasure to play for a coach who “instills dedication, hard work and discipline” into the players he coaches.


There are some issues in Bowman’s past, according to NFLDraftScout.com.


In 2008, Bowman and defensive tackle Phil Taylor pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with an on-campus fight in 2007 that saw Bowman be suspended for two games. The players were sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.


Bowman had that probation extended this spring when he admitted to smoking marijuana but received no further punishment. He then tested positive for marijuana that spring and was given an extra year of probation back in April, with the promise of jail time for further violations, according to the report.


“I know what kind of person I am, and I had so many teammates who loved playing with me and loved me being part of their team,” Bowman said. “I’m glad that the 49ers could see that I’m a good guy and that I’m able to bring a positive attitude and a great athlete and linebacker to their program.”


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Bowman has been working out in Florida with Frank Gore and Vernon Davis. Of course, he also knows former Penn State teammate Michael Robinson.


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