Some of these UFAs have real shot with 49ers
Beeler worked out with 49ers vets earlier in year
Beeler worked out with 49ers vets earlier in year
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Posted Jul 27, 2011


Last season, cornerback Tramaine Brock became the first undrafted rookie free agent to make the 49ers’ opening-day roster since 2005. In this wacky year of no offseason workouts, the UFAs the 49ers are bringing to training camp will have the same chance as all newcomers to make a first impression. Here’s a look at where they might fit and what their chances are to make the final roster.

The 49ers have announced that they've signed these 19 rookies who were not selected in the NFL draft three months ago. The team is almost certain to add more in the next week while it fills out its training camp roster, which can be expanded to 90 players this year.

Chase Beeler

Position: Center
About Beeler: The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Stanford product got a head start on others while working out with 49ers veterans during June workout and practice session. An AP first-team All-American last year, Beeler started 32 games at Stanford, including all 13 each of the past two seasons, and he also has starting experience at guard.
Where he might fit: There’s a real spot on the roster for Beeler to contend for now that free agent David Baas has decided to sign with the New York Giants. As of today, Beeler might be more comfortable playing center than any player currently on the San Francisco roster. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but his versatility at the interior line positions also should help his prospects.
Chance of making final roster: 50 percent

Tyler Beiler

Position:Wide receiver
About Beiler: Was named to the AP Little All-American team last year in a compilation of the best players from Division II/III and NAIA. Also was named Division II-III Player of the Year by the Manheim Touchdown Club after a tremendous senior season during which Beiler led Division III in reception yards per game (134.2) while recording 61 catches for 1,342 yards and 16 touchdowns. Beiler also was fourth in the nation among all divisions in all-purpose yardage, averaging 204.8 per game.
Where he might fit: Beiler will join a cattle call at receiver behind roster locks Michael Crabtree, Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn. He has a lot of young prospects in front of him in a quest to win the final backup job at the position.
Chances of making roster: 15 percent

Donovan Edwards

Position: Center/guard
About Edwards: Well-known to the 49ers coaches, the Cal product started all 12 games for the Bears last season at right tackle. At 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, the 49ers are looking at what he can do at the interior line positions, where some open roster spots exist.
Where he might fit: There's always a spot for a young prospect along the offensive line, but Edwards has a lot of those ahead of him to compete with.
Chances of making roster: 12 percent

Derek Hall

Position: Offensive tackle
About Hall: Another player who will come in familiar with the 49ers coaches and their system after starting all 13 games at right tackle last year for Stanford. Hall made the switch to offense last year after playing on the defensive line his first four years with the Cardinal. The late-blooming prospect may have finally found where he belongs last season.
Where he might fit: The 49ers are looking for a backup tackle, and youngster Alex Boone is the only player on the roster currently slated to compete for that role in 2011.
Chances of making roster: 15 percent

Joe Hastings

Position: Wide receiver
About Hastings: A breakout senior season at Washburn University earned Hastings a summer shot with the 49ers. He set school single-season records in 2010 in receptions (87), receiving yards (1,546). He also had 15 touchdown receptions.
Where he might fit: Could compete as a slot receiver, but will have several more accomplished prospects ahead of him.
Chances of making roster: 8 percent

Chris Hogan

Position: Wide receiver
About Hogan: Has quality size at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, but he only played one season of college football at Monmouth University after being an all-conference lacrosse player at Penn State. Hogan, however, intrigued scouts after running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressing 225 pounds 28 times at Fordham’s pro day on March 8. He also performed on both sides of the football last season, recording 12 catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns at receiver while posting 28 tackles and three interceptions as a safety.
Where he might fit: The 49ers want to watch this guy run around their practice field for a couple of weeks to see what he can do. While Hogan doesn’t figure to be a factor at receiver, his physical skills could give him consideration for a role on special teams if he can find a place to play on defense, and that could make him a candidate for the practice squad.
Chances of making roster: 18 percent

Jeremiah Masoli

Position: Running back
About Masoli: Another Pac-10 product well known to the 49ers coaches, Masoli is being listed as a running back by the Niners after playing his entire college career at quarterback. The San Francisco Bay Area native was the Pac-10’s first-team all-conference quarterback in 2009 before running into trouble off the field and transferring to Mississippi State, where he threw for 2,039 yards last season to finish with 5,930 passing yards in his three seasons of Division I action. Perhaps the key stat for Masoli, as far as making it at the next level, is his 1,930 yards and 29 touchdowns rushing as a collegian.
Where he might fit: Are the 49ers really going to try this guy at running back? He has some shifty moves and good size at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, but running college quarterbacks don’t usually transition well into NFL running backs.
Chances of making roster: 5 percent

Konrad Reuland

Position: Tight end
About Reuland: Yet another Stanford product, Reuland passes the eye test at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds. He had limited action and results at Stanford, where he caught 21 passes for 209 yards in seven starts last season.
Where he might fit: He’ll fit in as a training camp body at a position where the 49ers already are loaded.
Chances of making roster: 2 percent

Kenny Rowe

Position: Linebacker
About Rowe: Showed some good development last season while earning second-team All-Pac honors after recording 48 tackles and a team-high seven sacks. Also led the Pac-10 and was second in the nation with five forced fumbles. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Oregon product finished his college career with 23.5 sacks, including 11.5 as a junior.
Where he might fit: The 49ers will try to find a place for his obvious pass-rushing skills, but this playmaker is too small to regularly play the edge in San Francisco’s 3-4 defense. If he can find his niche at linebacker, Rowe could have a chance to impress on special teams and earn a job.
Chances of making roster: 20 percent

Sealver Siliga

Position: Nose tackle
About Siliga: He was rated among the draft’s top 20 prospects at defensive tackle this year by several publications and scouting services. Has good size at 6-3 and 307 pounds with a thick trunk and strong lower body – just the kind of things the 49ers want in their nose tackle. Was a surprise entrant in the draft after recording 41 tackles and 1.5 sacks as a junior last season, but still was expected to be selected as high as the fifth round.
Where he might fit: The 21-year-old Siliga is young and raw, but he could find a place in the middle of San Francisco’s defensive line rotation if he can make the big step to the next level. But he’ll have to prove he’s more than just a big body.
Chances of making roster: 26 percent

Anthony West

Position: Cornerback
About West: Ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at his pro day in March, but is coming off an unspectacular career at Nebraska. Has good size at 6-foot and 205 pounds, but started only 17 games in four seasons with the Cornhuskers, finishing with 59 career tackles.
Where he might fit: Was a key contributor on special teams in college, but he’ll have to earn a job in the secondary to be able to contribute on special teams with the Niners, and that appears unlikely.
Chances of making roster: 6 percent

Kenny Wiggins

Position: Offensive tackle
About Wiggins: The 6-foot-6, 314-pound prospect enjoyed success at Fresno State, finishing his college career with 26 consecutive starts at right tackle while being named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2010 and earning second-team honors as a junior in 2009. Is coming off shoulder surgery, which may have affected his draft status.
Where he might fit: Wiggins will get a look to see if he can contribute right away as a backup tackle, and he’s also a candidate for the practice squad if he shows potential at the pro level.
Chances of making roster: 22 percent

Ian Williams

Position: Nose tackle
About Williams: Like Siliga, Williams was rated a top-20 prospect at defensive tackle entering the draft. He’s a bit more compact at 6-1½ and 305 pounds, but he’s built low to the ground and is tough against the run. Was a freshman All-American in 2007 and had 25 career starts at Notre Dame, but played in only eight games as a senior.
Where he might fit: The 49ers will be auditioning nose tackles this summer, and there will be a job available for a young prospect who shows that he can come in and contribute and has potential to develop at the next level.
Chances of making roster: 28 percent

Dontavia Bogan

Position: Wide receiver
About Bogan: The 6-foot-1, 188-pound prospect was mildly productive during his early career at South Florida, where he had 23 career starts, before elevating his game as a senior, when he had 47 receptions for 685 yards and six touchdowns. Also recorded 1,598 yards on 69 career kickoff returns.
Where he might fit in: With his return skills as an asset, Bogan could end up as the fifth receiver if he performs on special teams, but he has a lot of competition for that role.
Chances of making roster: 12 percent

Brian Bulcke

Position: Defensive end
About Bulcke: Another Stanford product brought in for a summer look by San Francisco’s new coaching staff, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Bulcke had 18 career starts at Stanford, producing career totals of 75 tackles, five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.
Where he might fit in: Most likely as a training camp body unless he can show enough strength and skill to play along the front wall of San Francisco’s 3-4 defense.
Chances of making roster: 8 percent

Demarcus Dobbs

Position: Defensive end
About Dobbs: Is big and thickly-built at 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, but there are questions about his character at Georgia, where he also had some injury issues. Had 27 career starts with the Bulldogs during which he accumulated totals of 78 tackles, 41 quarterback pressures, 11 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.
Where he might fit in: His size and skills are more suited to a 4-3 defensive scheme, which could leave Dobbs in no-man’s land with the 49ers. He’ll have a tough time working up the ladder at DE.
Chances of making roster: 10 percent

Cory Nelms

Position: Safety
About Nelms: A track star at Miami who didn’t even see the field for the Hurricanes until his junior season, Nelms finished with career totals of just 12 tackles and one pass defensed. Has top-end speed but is lacking considerably in experience.
Where he might fit in: The Niners may need help at safety, but Nelms is a long-shot to give it to them.
Chances of making roster: 4 percent

Seth Smith

Position: Running back
About Smith: The compact 5-foot-8, 198-pound prospect, a San Francisco Bay Area native, split time in New Mexico State’s backfield as a senior, rushing for 385 yards after gaining 1,016 as a junior.
Where he might fit in: With fourth-round draft pick Kendall Hunter figuring to get most of the newcomer opportunities in the backfield, Smith will have to make an impression practically every time he touches the football to stay in the roster mix.
Chances of making roster: 6 percent

Monte Simmons

Position Linebacker
About Simmons Was limited at beginning of senior season after undergoing surgery for a broken ankle, but the 6-foor-3, 226-pound prospect went on to start eight games last year for Kent State and finish with 5.5 sacks and 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Had eight sacks as a junior and finished college career with 21.5 sacks and 38.5 tackles for a loss.
Where he might fit A physical specimen with a reported wingspan of 83 inches, will get a shot as an edge rusher, but he lacks size for the position at the pro level.
Chance of making roster: 16 percent



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