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49ers draft at a glance, Rounds 4-7: Spread evenly over offense, defense

Meet the 49ers' final six draft picks

The 49ers wrapped up the third and final day of the 2017 NFL draft by picking three offensive players and three on defense. From a former rugby player to last year's leading NCAA receiver by yardage, here are the 49ers' Saturday selections.
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The 49ers wrapped up the third and final day of the 2017 NFL draft by picking three offensive players and three on defense. From a former rugby player to last year's leading NCAA receiver by yardage, here are the 49ers' Saturday selections.

Joe Williams

Selected: Round 4, pick 121

College: Utah

Position: Running back

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 210 pounds

Comment: He’s an explosive runner who had two games last season in which he finished with more than 200 rushing yards. However, he’s never been a prolific pass catcher – important in Kyle Shanahan’s offense – and has commitment concerns after walking away from the game for a month last year.

George Kittle

Selected: Round 5, pick 146

College: Iowa

Position: Tight end

Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 250 pounds

Comment: He’s considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft, something he did often in Iowa’s pro-style offense. Kittle emphasized his versatility, which is what likely drew Kyle Shanahan’s attention. The 49ers coach wants to be able to run and throw equally well out of the same personnel groups.

Trent Taylor

Selected: Round 5, pick 177

College: Louisiana Tech

Position: WR

Height/Weight: 5-foot-8, 181 pounds

Comment: Taylor is small and isn’t particularly fast. But he got open for 1,803 yards last season, which led the nation. He figures to line up as a slot receiver and will push Jeremy Kerley for playing time and Bruce Ellington for a roster spot. Taylor also returns punts.

D.J. Jones

Selected: Round 6, pick 198

College: Mississippi

Position: DT/NT

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 319 pounds

Comment: Jones will be added to the mix at nose tackle where free-agent acquisition Earl Mitchell is the starter and Quinton Dial and Mike Purcell are the backups. He’s a weight-room champ with the Rebels who played against excellent competition in the SEC and who has the perfect physique for the position.

Pita Taumoepenu

Selected: Round 6, pick 202

College: Utah

Position: OLB/DE

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 243 pounds

Comment: He was used as a pass-rush specialist at Utah, which likely will be his role with the 49ers. Their so-called “Leo” spot calls for a relentless, athletic edge rusher. That’s how Taumoepenu describes himself. He had nine sacks for Utah last year, including two at the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium.

Adrian Colbert

Selected: Round 7, pick 229

College: Miami

Position: S/CB

Height/Weight: 6-foot-0, 200 pounds

Comment: Colbert has played both safety and cornerback over a college career that began at Texas and finished at Miami. Whether he makes the team or not likely depends on his ability as a punt and kick coverage specialist.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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