San Francisco 49ers

Prolific running back, tall cornerback, local product highlight 49ers' undrafted haul

North Texas running back Jeffery Wilson (3) evades Southern Mississippi defenders for a long run during the first half of their NCAA college football game in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. North Texas won 43-28.
North Texas running back Jeffery Wilson (3) evades Southern Mississippi defenders for a long run during the first half of their NCAA college football game in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. North Texas won 43-28.

A year ago, Matt Breida, Kendrick Bourne, Victor Bolden, Erik Magnuson, Cole Hikutini and Darrell Williams were part of the 49ers' after-draft haul.

All of them not only stuck around in 2017, they got on the field and were part of a group that played 1,552 snaps.

The team's roster is decidedly more crowded than it was a year ago, but there still is room for undrafted free agents to make an impact. Here's the list of players reported to be signing with San Francisco, with perhaps those with the best chance listed at the top. Other undrafted players will sign on a tryout basis; the 49ers have yet to release the full list.

RB Jeffery Wilson, North Texas – The 49ers worked out Wilson in the run-up to the draft, and running backs coach Bobby Turner kept in contact throughout the process. Wilson ran for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last season despite missing the final three games with a foot injury. That injury prevented him from working out at the scouting combine – and likely prevented him from being drafted – but he was invited to Indianapolis and did attend. At his pro day, he measured 6 feet tall and 207 pounds, and ran his 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds. He also caught 53 passes over the past two seasons. Last year, Breida played 478 snaps for the 49ers. He heads into spring practices as the No. 2 running back. After Breida, there is room to make the squad. Source: The Bee.

CB Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State – McFadden made an official 30 visit to Santa Clara before the draft. He fits the 49ers' parameters for an outside cornerback in that he's 6-2, 204 pounds with 32 1/2-inch arms. He also had eight interceptions (some while playing with a torn labrum) in 2016 and 10 pass breakups last season. The reason he fell out of the draft: quickness and speed. He ran his 40-yard dash at the combine in 4.67 seconds. Only two of the 56 cornerbacks and safeties who ran in Indianapolis were slower. Source: NFL Media.

TE Ross Dwelley, San Diego – The Sacramento-area product (Oak Ridge High) had a workout with the 49ers before the draft. He measured 6-4, 241 pounds and reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. That's not particularly fast, but his statistics – 194 catches in four years – show he's someone who knows how to get open, especially in the red zone. Dwelley had 10 touchdown catches in each of the last two seasons. His 10 scores in 2017 led Football Championship Series tight ends, and he did so despite missing two games with a finger injury. Source: The Bee.

S Terrell Williams, Houston – He's listed as a free safety, but his 6-4, 213-pound size suggest he might be a strong safety in San Francisco's scheme. Jaquiski Tartt is the starter there, but two other players who will line up at the spot, Chanceller James (knee) and draft pick Marcell Harris (Achilles), won't be ready until training camp. That should give Williams plenty of spring repetitions. He had a team-high 10 pass breakups last year along with four interceptions. Source: Houston Chronicle.

C Coleman Shelton, Wasington -- The 6-3, 292-pound Shelton played every position along the line during his time with the Huskies, which gives him versatility. Even more attractive to Kyle Shanahan and he 49ers, he's a good athlete and technician. His smaller size and need for better power likely kept him out of the draft, but he was rated in the top 10 at his position by some scouting services. Source: Twitter.

WR Steven Dunbar, Houston – He's got good size (6-2, 205 pounds) and last season had 76 catches for 1,070 yards, including a career-high 197 yards against Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl. Dunbar's speed, however, is a question mark as he was clocked at a tight end-like 4.78 seconds at his pro day. Source: Houston Chronicle.

OT Jamar McGloster, Syracuse – A former basketball player, McGloster has great length at 6-6 and with arms that are just shy of 35 inches. His footwork has received plenty of criticism, but he seems like a worthwhile project at right tackle where the pecking order seems to be: Mike McGlinchey, Garry Gilliam and Darrell Williams. Source: ESPN.


QB Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth -- The 6-4, 230-pound Heneghan completed 63.1 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns against six interceptions. He played at Menlo High School and attended the 49ers' 'local' pro day prior to the draft.

CB Emmanuel Moseley, Tennessee – He had a great pro day that included a 4.42-second 40 and a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump. But at 5-11, 190 pounds, he's not ideal for outside cornerback, and there's now a crowd at slot cornerback.

S Corey Griffin, Georgia Tech – He's 6-1, 204 pounds and started at cornerback the last two years for the Yellow Jackets. The 49ers list him as a safety and he probably will play free safety. He ran a 4.56-second 40 at his pro day. Last year he broke up three passes and had one interception.

DT/NT Niles Scott, Frostburg State – He dominated the small-school competition in four years with 150 tackles – 43 of them for loss – and 25 sacks. He's listed as a defensive tackle, but at 6-1 and 326 pounds, Scott might fit the nose tackle position in the 49ers' scheme.

OL Najee Toran, UCLA. The 6-2, 305-pound Toran played offensive line and defensive line for the Bruins. The 49ers list him as an offensive lineman.

C Alan Knott, South Carolina – The 6-4, 291-pound Knott spent five years in Columbia, S.C., and started 42 games there.