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The San Francisco 49ers have signed seven undrafted free agents.
I called upon Scouts Inc.’s Steve Muench to give me his scouting report on each player. There’s some interesting players on this list. Let’s take a look:
Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
Skov doesn’t show great top-end speed on tape and his ability to stay healthy is a substantial concern yet we still gave him a fifth-round grade making him the biggest steal on this list. He is a reliable tackler with good instincts and he’s perfect for the 49ers’ scheme. Remember, he played for defensive coordinator Vic Fangio at Stanford in 2010.
Morgan Breslin, OLB, Southern California
Breslin is short for a 3-4 outside linebacker. He needs to get stronger against the run and he’s coming off a season-ending hip injury, but we still gave him an early-seventh/late-sixth-round grade and the reason is his upside as a pass-rusher. He’s quick; his active hands make it tough to lock on to his frame and he closes well.
Dillon Farrell, C, New Mexico
I got a chance to see Farrell the week of the East-West Shrine Game and I can see why the 49ers would give him a chance to compete for a roster spot. At 6-foot-5 and 309 pounds, he has the prototypical frame and long arms (33 3/8-inch arms) for an interior offensive lineman. While none of the centers at the East-West game were drafted, I thought Farrell had the strongest showing out of the group. For what it’s worth, his school bio says he was 5-8 and weighed 160 pounds in ninth grade, which is crazy.
Asante Cleveland, TE, Miami
Cleveland caught a total of five passes over the past two seasons and his lack of production is an obvious concern. He’s intriguing because he has the potential to be a better pro than college player. At 6-foot-4 and 262 pounds, he has the frame to develop into an effective blocker. While he has below average top-end speed, he is a big target with big hands and long arms.
Fou Fonoti, OT, Michigan State
Fonoti missed most of the 2012 season with a broken foot and he may have to kick inside to guard to make it in the NFL as I’m not sure he has the length to protect the edge. He is another player whose best football may be ahead of him.
Kory Faulkner, QB, Southern Illinois
A big quarterback that reportedly ran well at his pro day and made strides as a passer his senior year but didn’t excel at the FCS level like you’d expect from an NFL prospect.
L.J. McCray, DB, Catawba
McCray missed almost the entire 2011 season with an injury so he’s another player with durability concerns and he didn’t put up eye-popping numbers at Catawba. However, he also reportedly worked out well at his pro day and he can contribute on special teams.
The San Francisco 49ers have signed seven undrafted free agents.I called upon Scouts Inc.’s Steve Muench to give me his scouting report on each player.