Just minutes after the San Francisco 49ers made their last pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, they quickly turned their attention to signing undrafted rookie free-agents. And while many of their targeted prospects were selected throughout the draft process, some fell through the cracks allowing the 49ers to secure their services. Below are seven undrafted rookie free-agents in which the 49ers signed just minutes after the draft was over.
1. QB Kory Faulkner (Eastern Illinois)
At 6-3 and 229 pounds, Faulkner displayed solid accuracy with a 60.7 completion percentage while having a nice touchdown-to-interception ratio as he finished the 2013 season with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. A big bodied quarterback with the skill set Harbaugh can work with, it will be interesting to see how he develops. Harbaugh said, “Feel really good about Kory. Feel really good about him as a person and a player. We like him.”
Don’t know where the whole Oakland thing came from… But I’m headed to the 49ers, gunna make my mark in this league before it’s all over
— Gojira ゴジラ Skov (@ShayneSkov) May 11, 2014
2. ILB Shayne Skov (Stanford)
A player I anticipated may be targeted by the 49ers, it turns out I was right as Skov is now on his way to San Francisco. A smart player that understands the nuances of the game, Skov will likely be a practice squad player as he tries to work himself onto the 53-man roster. At the 49ers local Pro Day I caught up with Skov and asked him to describe his game in one word, his response, “Dynamic!”
3. OLB Morgan Breslin (USC)
The 49ers add yet another USC product in 6-1 and 240 pound Breslin. A very passionate football player with the right mindset to learn any defensive scheme, it’s no wonder the 49ers were high on him. A high-motor and consistent pass-rusher off the edge, Breslin will be another body in camp as he pushes the players ahead of him.
4. S L.J. McCray (Catawba)
At 6-0 and 210 pounds, McCray adds plenty of versatility as not only a free-safety but a kick-returner. In 2013 McCray recorded 78 tackles, two sacks, and eight pass break-ups. A long shot to make the team Baalke adds yet another player to compete with the safeties already on the roster including first-round pick S Jimmie Ward.
5. TE Asante Cleveland (Miami)
Cleveland is a player that may make a splash due to his big frame. At 6-5 and 261 pounds the 49ers add a tight-end that can not only be an inline blocker in OC Greg Roman’s two tight-end sets but as a solid pass-catcher down the seams.
6. C Dillon Farrell (New Mexico)
Baalke loves versatility and he gets that in Farrell. A player that can play all five positions along the offensive line as he started 37 games at center, six at right tackle, and two at left tackle. At 6-5 and 309 pounds, Farrell will likely be added to the practice squad if at all.
7. OT Fou Fonoti (Michigan State)
Fonoti is a big player capable of playing right tackle at the next level if he can learn how to use his leverage to his advantage. A nice pickup as Fonoti can also be kicked in to guard, it will be interesting to see how Fonoti transitions in the NFL.