The San Francisco 49ers entered the 2014 NFL draft with 74 players under contract, then added 12 players via the draft to an already elite roster comprised of some of the most well-known talent in the NFL.
That left four roster spots open for the maximum 90 spots the team could carry heading into training camp.
In short, the 49ers had room for an additional four undrafted free agents (UDFAs). While the 49ers can essentially select as many as they want, roster cuts would be in order once the total number climbs above 90.
The full list of signed UDFAs—and subsequent roster cuts—can be viewed here.
In all, San Francisco tabbed a total of seven UDFAs—many from small schools—following the draft. Some of these players figure to be little more than depth, while others have a legitimate shot to make the final 53-man roster.
By nature UDFAs typically are developmental players that teams hope they can turn into useful elements at the NFL level. While many do not pan out to be anything substantial, others eventually turn into gems.
So how did the 49ers pan out when it comes to selecting these UDFAs? Are some of these seven destined for a promising future in San Francisco? Which players on this list should be considered steals?
In this slideshow, we break down each one of the 49ers' UDFA signings that took place following the draft.
To determine the final grade, we must evaluate the following criteria: Does the signee fit into the 49ers' overall needs? Could this prospect have been a legitimate draft target? Most importantly, does this pickup have a legitimate shot at making an impact at the NFL level?
Let's have a look.
For initial reaction, analysis and grades of each of the 49ers' UDFA signings, visit this author's breakdown here.