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NFL calls on more locals: Hikutini to 49ers; Vallejo to Bills; Carrell to Cowboys

Louisville’s Cole Hikutini (18) is brought down by North Carolina State's Shawn Boone (24) and Jerod Fernandez (4) during the first half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Hikutini was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers on Saturday.
Louisville’s Cole Hikutini (18) is brought down by North Carolina State's Shawn Boone (24) and Jerod Fernandez (4) during the first half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. Hikutini was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers on Saturday. AP

Adding another name to a list of Sacramento-area high school products headed to the bay, the 49ers signed tight end Cole Hikutini, formerly of Pleasant Grove, Saturday evening.

The Buffalo Bills drafted linebacker Tanner Vallejo, who attended Nevada Union High School, with the 195th pick in the NFL draft.

Vallejo, a 6-foot-1, 228-pound nickel linebacker, played for Boise State.

“Blessed!” the Grass Valley product tweeted after the pick, Buffalo’s last of the draft.

A round later, the Dallas Cowboys chose defensive tackle Jordan Carrell, formerly of Roseville High School, with the 246th overall pick. Carrell played college ball at American River and Colorado.

Carrell joined his former teammate, Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, Dallas’ second-round pick. Awuzie congratulated Carrell on Twitter.

Selection of these locals followed the Oakland Raiders picking Placer High School’s Eddie Vanderdoes of UCLA in the third round.

Also in the third round, another Sacramento native, Ahkello Witherspoon of Christian Brothers High School and Colorado, was selected by the 49ers.

Bleacher Report’s scouting information on Tanner Vallejo.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio

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