San Francisco 49ers: 5 Biggest Surprises in OTAs

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San Francisco 49ers: 5 Biggest Surprises in OTAs
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Jim Harbaugh is excited about the prospects for success in 2012

The San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh have completed their first set of OTAs. There were a couple of problems that arose, but for the most part, the 49ers look very good.

The 49ers lost outside linebacker Darius Fleming for the season, due to an ACL injury and subsequent surgery. Fleming was the 49ers' fifth-round draft pick, and it was hoped that he would be a valued reserve and solid special teams player.

Cam Johnson was unable to participate, due to a relatively minor surgical procedure, which, I believe, was to clean out his previously injured knee. Johnson will be back in time for training camp, so he can quickly make up for lost time.

Joe Looney, a fourth-round draft pick, was also unable to play. It was hoped that Looney would compete for the starting right guard spot, but that appears to be a real long-shot, at this point.

Finally, safety Dashon Goldson has not signed his contract, which is based on his status as the 49ers' franchise player. Goldson is hoping to sign a long-term deal, instead of the franchise tender.

Outside of these few situations, the 49ers' OTAs were very productive. Harbaugh and his coaching staff were able to evaluate their talent and begin working with the players.

The 49ers enjoyed several pleasant surprises in their first series of voluntary OTAs.

Let's take a look at five of the biggest surprises.

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