San Francisco 49ers Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee

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San Francisco 49ers Undrafted Free Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee
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Southern Illinois quarterback Kory Faulkner is the first UDFA to join the 49ers in 2014.

With the 2014 NFL draft now in the books, the San Francisco 49ers will turn their direct attention to the addition of undrafted free agents (UDFA) in the days and hours following the draft.

General manager Trent Baalke added a total of 12 players in the draft. This influx of prospective talent obviously has a comparable influence on how San Francisco acts with UDFAs at this stage of the offseason.

Sans the draft, the 49ers are already an elite team. 

Laden with talent, San Francisco had the relative luxury of drafting for future considerations instead of immediate needs. While there are a number of prospects who have the chance to compete for a starting job right away, a good portion of the 49ers' 2014 draft class provides a good look into the future.

The interesting part of this, however, is the fact that San Francisco does not have a whole lot of roster space for this latest influx of talent.

While some—like Clemson guard Brandon Thomas—can effectively redshirt their rookie seasons, how will the other, primarily late-round prospects fit into the 49ers' future plans?

The same will obviously be said about UDFAs. 

With 74 players currently under 49ers contract—plus an additional 12 draftees—San Francisco only has enough room for four UDFAs moving forward to get the roster to 90, per Christian Gin of Examiner.com.

Given the current roster, San Francisco does not have to be too careful when examining such UDFAs. If there are some players that the 49ers viewed as hot commodities that went undrafted, making such selections may be what Baalke elects to do.

Of course the team could also take a flier on some other various developmental prospects like they did with Lawrence Okoye last season.

In this slideshow, we will have a running analysis of 49ers' UDFA acquisitions in the hours following the 2014 NFL draft.

The 49ers are expected to sign more than four UDFAs, which would exceed the roster total of 90 per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. This means the front office will have to make some cuts at some point, but that is news for another day.

Which players will the 49ers target, and how do they fit into the overall scheme of head coach Jim Harbaugh?

Let's take a look.

 

For added information regarding the 49ers' UDFA signings, please visit Sacramento Bee 49ers analyst Matt Barrows' updates.

 

Statistics, records and accolades courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com and Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated. Additional draft information courtesy of CBS Sports.

 

Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the San Francisco 49ers. Follow him @PeterMcShots on Twitter.

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