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49ers 3rd round at a glance: Ahkello Witherspoon and C.J. Beathard

Meet Ahkello Witherspoon, 49ers 3rd-round pick and Sacramento's own super bloomer

Ahkello Witherspoon weighed less than 100 pounds as a freshman at Christian Brothers High School. Now he's double that weight and headed to the San Francisco 49ers as a third-round draft choice.
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Ahkello Witherspoon weighed less than 100 pounds as a freshman at Christian Brothers High School. Now he's double that weight and headed to the San Francisco 49ers as a third-round draft choice.

Ahkello Witherspoon

Selected: Round 3, pick 66

College: Colorado

Position: Cornerback

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds

Comment: Witherspoon got a late start at football and he is still learning how to play cornerback. His soccer background gives him a nice foundation when it comes to the footwork required at the position and he used that to his advantage last season at Colorado. Most intriguing to the 49ers -- Witherspoon is tall, long-armed and still is growing.

As the third round was ending, the San Francisco 49ers traded with Minnesota to take quarterback C.J. Beathard, who attracted the attention of coach Kyle Shanahan because of his plucky playing style at Iowa.

C.J. Beathard

Selected: Round 3, pick 104

Position: Quarterback

Height/weight: 6-2, 219

Comment: Kyle Shanahan liked Beathard because he played in a pro system at Iowa and showed a fearlessness in the pocket. In that way, he’s a little like a quarterback Shanahan helped select in Washington in 2012, Kirk Cousins. He was a fourth-round pick that year who developed into Washington’s starter.

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