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July 13, 2009
Niners likely will sit out supplemental draft

The NFL will hold its supplemental draft Thursday, and though there are a few interesting players the 49ers are expected to sit this one out. The top prospects -- to the 49ers, at least -- are Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon and Tennessee safety Demetrice Morley. Jarmon had very good numbers at Kentucky. But he measures in at 6-3 and 280 pounds, making him more of a 4-3 defensive end. Indeed, the Eagles and Redskins - two 4-3 teams - have been showing the most interest thus far.

Morley, meanwhile, also played in the SEC, the conference the 49ers most respect. He has good size - 6-2, 195 - but a history of dubious behavior. The 49ers also have several young prospects at safety - Dashon Goldson, Reggie Smith and Curtis Taylor - and likely will pass on throwing another into the mix. Any team that makes a bid on a player in the supplemental draft will lose the corresponding pick in the next year's regular draft. That is, if the 49ers bid for Morley with a fifth-round pick and he was awarded to them, they would loser their fifth rounder in 2010.

All you United Football League fans looking for the inaugural schedule will have to wait a little longer. The problem is those pesky San Francisco Giants. See, the Giants and the UFL's San Francisco franchise agreed to share AT&T Park this season. But then the Giants started winning and now they're balking at the prospect of a football team chewing up the outfield grass during a potential playoff run. The league still thinks it will be able to play at AT&T, just not as early in the season as they had expected. The season is tentatively scheduled to kickoff on Oct. 8. Oh, and still no word on when - and if - some of those home games will be in Sacramento. Look for the UFL to release its schedule in the next two weeks ...

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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