San Francisco 49ers

Round 6: 49ers take quarterback Jeff Driskel before getting a RB and WR

49ers coach Chip Kelly talks quarterbacks

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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers had three picks in the sixth round. They are:

No. 207: Jeff Driskel, quarterback, Louisiana Tech

6-4, 234

Comment: Driskel began his college at Florida and won 10 games as a sophomore. But his career stalled there and he transferred to Louisiana Tech before his senior season. Last year he had 4,033 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions and was named the Conference USA’s ‘Newcomer of the Year.’ Driskel said he ran a no-huddle, up-tempo offense at Louisiana Tech and noted that he also could make plays with his feet with a zone-read option. He rushed for 323 yards and five touchdowns last season. He said he had virtually no interaction with the 49ers after the combine, although Chip Kelly called him throughout the day on Saturday, including a call to inform him they would take him with the 207th pick. “Obviously I don’t know the ins and outs of coach Kelly’s offense,” Driskel said. “Looking forward to doing so. But I just think my pure athletic ability, my ability to throw on the run and the ability to get the ball out quick is something that will help me in that offense.”

No. 211: Kelvin Taylor, running back, Florida

5-10, 207

Comment: Taylor is the son of former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, who was taken ninth overall in 1998. Kelvin rushed 259 times for 1,035 yards with 13 touchdowns last year. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.6 second and has 8 1/2-inch hands. He’ll compete with Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, Kendall Gaskins and Jarryd Hayne for playing time behind Carlos Hyde.

No. 213: Aaron Burbridge, wide receiver, Michigan State

6-0, 206 pounds

Comment: Burbridge was quarterback Connor Cook’s favorite target with the Spartans, catching 85 passes for 1,258 yards last year, both of which led the Big 10. Burbridge doesn’t have great size and he ran his 40-yard dash in a slow-ish -- for a small receiver -- 4.56 seconds at the combine. The 49ers, however, likely were impressed by his competitive style, his attention to detail in running routes and his ability to make plays down field. He had 19 catches of 25-plus yards throughout his career. Burbridge said several teams talked to him about playing out of the slot, which could be a need in San Francisco if Anquan Boldin moves on in free agency as expected. “I bring heart,” Burbridge said from his home in Michigan. “A lot of people feel like I’m not athletic or I’m not big enough. But I love this game, so I play with hart. I’m not as big as most receivers but I play big just like them.”

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