The 49ers evidently didn’t draft all the small-school offensive linemen on their radar.
According to a source, the Niners put in a draft call Saturday to Virginia Union’s David Mims and have interest in signing the 6-foot-8, 331-pound tackle to a free-agent contract. San Francisco drafted a pair of FCS (formerly Division I-AA) linemen in Appalachian State’s Daniel Kilgore and Montana State’s Mike Person. They expect both to see action at guard and center.
Mims, who was projected as a late-round pick, went undrafted. He was a two-time Division II All-American who reportedly had pre-draft visits with the Chiefs, Lions and Ravens. Mims is viewed as a promising developmental project with an intriguing skill set – he has an 86-inch wing span and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.32 seconds at his pro day. He played left tackle in college, but is viewed as a right tackle in the NFL.
The Niners won’t be the only team interested in signing Mims. National Football Post ranks Mims as the second-best undrafted offensive lineman.