No. 117: TE Blake Bell, Oklahoma
Size: 6-6, 252, 33 1/8-inch arms, 10-inch hands
How he fits: Bell was a backup quarterback at Oklahoma through 2013. He was used in short-yardage and goal-line situations and earned the nickname “The Bell-dozer” because of that. As a former quarterback, he has a good understanding about route running. He obviously has good length, standing just over 6-6 inches with 33-inch arms. He caught 16 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last season. He has an NFL pedigree: father, Mark, played for Colts and Seahawks, and an uncle, Mike, played for the Chiefs. The 49ers have questions at tight end beyond this season as Vernon Davis is entering the final year of his contract. Bell is close friends with former Sooner Trey Millard, a FB/H-back for the 49ers.
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How he doesn’t: Bell only has played tight ends for one season and still is developing as a pass catcher. He also needs to add strength having managed only 14 repetitions in the bench press at the combine, the lowest of all tight ends.
No. 126: RB Mike Davis, South Carolina
Size: 5-9, 217, 30 3/4-inch arms, 9 3/8-inch hands.
How he fits: Davis his a good-sized, former no. 1 running back at South Carolina who averaged more than 200 carries the last two seasons. Carlos Hyde is the 49ers’ primary running back, but there are questions about the others. Kendall Hunter is coming off his second season-ending injury (ACL) in three seasons while Reggie Bush is 30 years old and signed for only one season. Davis is similar in size to former 49ers runner Frank Gore and, like Gore, took pride in his pass blocking, which is rare for a college runner.
How he doesn’t: While there may be an opening in future years at running back, playing time might be hard to come by this season. Bell isn’t a burner -- he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds -- and is mostly a straight-ahead runner. He does, however, have experience catching passes out of the backfield. He had 34 catches for 352 yards in 2013. Body fat measured 19.3 percent body fat, according to draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki, higher than any other running back at the combine.
No. 132: DeAndre Smelter, Georgia Tech
Size: 6-2, 226, 31 3/4-inch arms, 11-inch hands.
How he fits: Smelter has excellent size and huge hands and is the type of physical receiver who can survive in the rough-and-tumble NFC West. He played in 12 games last year before being injured and finished with 35 catches for 715 yards (20.4-yard average) along with seven touchdowns. He was named second-team ALL-ACC by the league’s head coaches despite missing the last two games. Anquan Boldin wil turn 35 this year and is entering the final year of his contract. The team doesn’t have any other big-bodied wideouts on the roster.
How he doesn’t: He tore his ACL on Nov. 29 and likely will ‘redshirt’ this season like so many 49ers in recent years. He’s a typical of Georgia Tech receivers in that he’s big and fast but never ran a lot of routes. He obviously never ran a 40-yard dash in the run-up to the draft and the team doesn’t know precisely how fast he is. He first played baseball -- he was drafted by the Twins in the 14th round in 2010 -- at Georgia Tech and only has been playing football for two seasons.
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