San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies, Complete 2011 Draft Class Summary
It has been some time since the 2011 NFL Draft.
Plenty of time for San Francisco 49er fans to familiarize themselves with at least some of our new 49ers.
Just in case, I put together a bio and summary on the entire 2011 49er draft class.
For diehard 49er fans, my goal was to create an excellent source of reference for you moving closer to the hopeful 2011 season.
First Round 7th Pick Aldon Smith OLB from Missouri
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Aldon Smith
6'4", 265 lbs, 4.7-second 40-yard dash, 34-inch vertical leap
Aldon began his football career in High School in Raytown, Mo. Aldon was a stand out, recording 60 tackles, 12 sacks and seven forced fumbles his senior year.
Aldon played college football at Missouri and finished his freshman season in 2009 with 60 tackles and 11 sacks. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and first team freshman All-American
As a sophomore in 2010, he played in nine games (four of them on a broken leg), pulling in 48 tackles and six sacks. Yes, on a broken leg.
After his sophomore season, Smith decided he would enter the 2011 NFL draft.
Aldon is still a very young guy. He is extremely coach-able and shows great character and maturity for his age. He has an amazing physical presence. Not just his obvious size and strength, but he also has huge 36-inch arms. Great for swatting down balls on the line and getting a hand on the QB with an out-stretched arm.
Many predict he will gain 15 to 20 pounds of muscle over the next year.
Although he may be unknown now and was probably a surprise to most 49er fans at No. 7, look for Aldon Smith to become a premiere pass rusher in the NFL in the years to come.
Second Round 36th Pick Colin Kaepernick QB from Nevada
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Colin Kaepernick
6'4.5", 235, 4.5 40, 32.5-inch vertical leap
Colin was a star athlete in his home town of Turlock, Calif. He excelled in all sports, but his love was football from early on.
Recruited heavily for baseball, Colin passed opportunities to pitch in the majors to pursue his dreams of playing QB in the NFL.
You got to love that.
So, Colin chose the only full ride he was offered, Nevada.
Colin immediately gave the Nevada football program a huge lift and was a four-year starter at Nevada. He used his time well and accumulated some godly numbers.
Colin is the only player to ever rush for 4,000 yards and throw for 10,000 in NCAA history.
He is also the only QB to have passed for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards for three consecutive seasons.
Kaepernick followed only Tim Tebow as the second QB in history to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 in the same season.
CK also tied the record set by Eric Crouch for the most rushing TD's in NCAA history by a quarterback with 59.
He graduated with a degree in Business before being drafted by the Niners in the top of Round 2.
CK is for sure unproven in the NFL, and I do not want to get too excited about him yet. That being said, I will admit it’s hard not to. He has all the tangibles, all the skills.
I see no reason CK can’t be the QBOTF in San Francisco, but I guess we all have to just hold on and watch what the guy can do come September.
Third Round 80th Pick Chris Culliver DB from South Carolina
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Chris Culliver
Chris was born in Garner, North Carolina. Chris stayed close to home and went to college at South Carolina where he was a team leader and a great DB. His numbers do not reflect what you see on film when watching Culliver.
Chris is also a tremendous kick returner who exceeded at South Carolina doing just that. Niners could use someone that could compete, replace or at least fire Ginn up.
Baalke and Harbaugh drafted Chris Culliver because they thought he would help out with special teams, but more importantly, help out a struggling 49er defensive back unit. They must believe he has the ability to make an immediate impact, or they would not have drafted him so high.
Fourth Round 115th Pick Kendall Hunter RB from Oklahoma
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Kendall Hunter
Kendall was Born and raised in the small Texas Town of Tyler. Kendall dominated at John Tyler High School where he rushed for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.
Hunter went on to college at Oklahoma State, where he became their fourth all-time leading rusher.
Although, definitely on the smaller side, it has never bothered or stopped Kendall. He has always been smaller and has learned to embrace it and use it as his motivation.
Kendall should be a great change of pace back in San Francisco and possibly more in the future when Gore retires.
With Gore, Dixon and now Hunter, the Niners have solid depth at the RB position.
Kendall is going to be an exciting player to watch moving forward.
Fifth Round 163rd Pick Daniel Kilgore OL from Appalachian State
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Daniel Kilgore
Kilgore is a Tennessee man, born and raised. Kilgore played left tackle at Appalachian State and did very well.
He will be moved inside to either guard or center for the 49ers. His size dictates so in the NFL.
He has an advantage playing tackle and moving in. To me this transition is a lot harder the other way around.
Kilgore probably has a legitimate chance of at least competing for a starting position this year.
It will be exciting to see if he can make the jump.
Sixth Round 182nd Pick Ronald Johnson WR from USC
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Ronald Johnson
Ronald Johnson was born and raised in Michigan where he attended high school. He was rated as the top high school recruit in the state of Michigan for the class of 2007
Johnson attended USC in college where he was a work horse of a WR.
Suffering from a lot of injuries, which is one of the concerns you have with Johnson, Johnson still managed to make a great impression on his coach John Morton who is now the WR coach for the 49ers.
According to Morton via Baalke, Johnson is the kind of guy you want to have on your team. A guy who loves football. A guy you want in the locker room.
I think this was a good pick.
Johnson may be able to contribute on special teams as well.
What I love most, is that he may be able to go out there and show up Crabtree. OK, probably not with athleticism but maybe with attitude. Maybe that is enough to get Crabtree fired up and perform at the level he is capable of.
Either way Johnson is for sure a great sixth-round value.
Seventh Round 190th Pick Colin Jones SS from TCU
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Colin Jones
Colin grew up in Bridgeport, Tex., and attended Bridgeport High School, where he was a huge offensive star. He was first-team All-State as a senior and district and county most valuable player.
Colin went to TCU where he first contributed on special teams.
He later began playing defense and started to shine there as well.
By the time he was a senior, Colin was one of the defensive leaders. Colin finished his senior year with 80 tackles, contributing heavily in the TCU Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin with 10 tackles.
Harbaugh and Baalke drafted Colin because they think he can be a solid special teams player and possibly a NFL safety.
Apparently Colin is a very smart guy and was applying for law school in case the NFL didn't work out. Another reason the 49ers drafted him according to Baalke.
Seventh Round 211th Pick Bruce Miller FB from UCF
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Bruce Miller
Bruce Miller grew up in Canton, Ga., where he attended Woodstock High School. Bruce was voted Linebacker of the Year as a senior in Cherokee County.
Bruce continued to reek havoc at linebacker through out college, where he attended UCF.
Bruce Set many defensive records and was voted Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year, to the All-C-USA First Team, to the Rivals.com All-Bowl team and to the CBSSports.com All-Bowl team.
Despite all that, Baalke and Harbaugh see him as the next 49er fullback.
Linebackers and fullbacks are traditionally interchangeable. That being said, that transition is usually done at a lower level.
Baalke and Harbaugh think he is a true football player and may in fact play both ways and on special teams.
Two things I really like about this pick (dumb as they are):
He was No. 49 in college and will wear it with the 49ers.
Secondly, his name is Bruce.
I hope this kid works out. I can’t wait to see No. 49 pound it over the goal line and listen to the fans yell Bruuuuuuuuuuce.
He would be the most exciting FB in San Francisco since his new coach Tom Rathman for those reasons alone.
Seventh Round 239th Pick Michael Person OL from Montana State
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Michael Person
Montana man through and through.
Just received an award for being Athlete of the Year in the State of Montana.
Great player in college. Some questions on his foot speed at the NFL level. Could be a solid backup if nothing else and will be solid depth for the 49ers O-Line.
Seventh Round 250th Pick Curtis Holcomb DB from Florida A&M
San Francisco 49ers: The Rookies - Curtis Holcomb
Miami Born Curtis Holcomb was the final pick for the 49ers in this year's draft.
Another DB to fight for playing time at corner, safety and special teams this coming year.
Curtis doesn't have tremendous speed or size for an NFL corner, so he will have to make up for it in sheer effort and football sense.
Harbaugh and Baalke described him as a good kid and a good football player. The trend is obvious.
The 49ers (Baalke and Harbaugh) went in their own direction. Drafting players they thought were good football players, good people and coach-able.
“Good Wiring.” Baalke and Harbaugh love to say that.
If five out of the 10 picks from this year's class can become solid contributors for the coming season, the fans should be thrilled in San Francisco.
I think they will.
I could see Smith, Kaepernick, Culliver, Hunter, Johnson and BRUUUUUUCE all having their name called this year. Maybe even more of the guys will contribute on special teams. Possibly Kilgore will even see some playing time on the line this year.
I think the 49ers did very well with the 2011 draft.
Let’s hope for a great year and a successful draft class Niner fans!
Thank you for reading.