Summary of 49ers’ moves in 2017 NFL Draft

April 29, 2017

NFL, San Francisco 49ers

From left to right, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch poses for photos with draft picks Reuben Foster, Solomon Thomas and head coach Kyle Shanahan at a news conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By: Ana Kieu

The San Francisco 49ers obviously made a lot of moves during free agency, but here’s the lowdown on what the team did when they were on the clock in the 2017 NFL Draft in the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was the first time the draft was held in Philadelphia since 1961.

The four-day long event was the 82nd meeting in which all of the NFL teams selected brand-new players. The entire draft was held in an outdoor theater on the Rocky Steps for the first time in league history.

April 27, 2017
On the first day of the draft, the 49ers selected Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas in the first round with the third overall pick. Thomas stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 273 lbs.

With this pick, the 49ers chose defensive linemen with their first overall picks for the third consecutive draft. In 2016, they picked DeForest Buckner in the first round with the seventh overall pick. In 2015, they picked Arik Armstead in the first round with the 17th overall pick.

The 49ers took Thomas over LSU running back Leonard Fournette, LSU safety Jamal Adams and Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen.

Thomas was born in Chicago, Illinois. He spent five years in Australia as a child, but ended up returning to the United States. He attended Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas. He finished his high school career with 78 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He was ranked as a four-star recruit.

Thomas committed to Stanford University in 2014. He redshirted in his freshman year. He played in all 14 games in his sophomore year. He started all 13 games in his junior year. He was named to the First Team All-Pac 12 and won the Morris Trophy that year. He finished his college career with a team-leading 62 tackles, 15 for loss and eight quarterback sacks.

The 49ers made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, upgrading their defense by selecting inside linebacker Reuben Foster in the first round with the 31st overall pick. Foster is six-foot-tall, weighs 229 lbs and has an arm length of 32 3/8 along with a hand size of 10 1/4. He lost 20 lbs last year. He played college football at Alabama as an inside linebacker.

Foster is definitely a star. He was considered the No. 1 inside linebacker of his class. He won the Butkus Award at the end of the 2016 season. ESPN regarded him as a four-star recruit. He finished his college career with 115 tackles, 13 for losses, and five sacks.

Foster attended Troup County High School in LaGrange, Georgia. He played in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game, earning Defensive MVP Honors with six tackles and 2.5 for loss.

April 28, 2017
On the second day of the draft, the 49ers added a new piece to their secondary, selecting Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon in the third round with the 66th overall pick.

Witherspoon played at Sacramento City College in 2013 before transferring to the University of Colorado Boulder. He played at Colorado from 2014 to 2016. He finished his college career with 71 tackles and three interceptions. He also earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Witherspoon attended Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California. He played just one season of high school football.

The 49ers had the next pick, but they traded their 67th overall pick to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round pick and seventh-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Saints used that pick to take Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

There was a plot twist that turned a peaceful night into an indecisive frenzy.

The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round, moving up to the 104th overall pick to select a new quarterback. They sent the 109th and 219th overall picks to the Minnesota Vikings.

The 49ers selected Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third round with that pick. He stands at six-foot-two and weighs 219 lbs. He’s the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard.

C.J. finished his college career with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season.

April 29, 2017
On the third day of the draft, the 49ers selected Denver Broncos running back Kapri Bibbs in the fourth round with the 121st overall pick. They also took Denver’s fifth-round selection with the 177th overall pick in exchange for the 49ers’ fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Bibbs carried 29 times for 129 yards last season. He caught two passes for 75 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown catch-and-run against the Oakland Raiders. He wasn’t selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Bibbs contributes to the 49ers’ depth as he joins running backs Carlos Hyde, Tim Hightower, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Raheem Mostert.

The 49ers traded up to the 121st overall pick with the Indianapolis Colts to draft Utah running back Joe Williams. They gave them the 143rd overall pick in the fourth round and 161st overall pick in the fifth round.

The 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle to compliment Beathard.

Kittle played at Iowa from 2013 to 2016. He finished his college career with 48 receptions for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Kittle attended Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma. His father, Bruce, is a former college football coach who also played at Iowa.

The 49ers selected Louisiana Tech wide receiver Trent Taylor in the fifth round with the 177th overall pick. Taylor finished his college career with an NCAA-best 1,803 yards, 12 touchdowns and 136 passes, averaging 10.5 yards on 17 punt returns in his senior year. He ranked fifth in career receptions with 327. He ranked second in college football in receptions.

Taylor attended Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. He finished his high school career with 107 receptions for 1,650 yards.

The 49ers selected Ole Miss defensive tackle D.J. Jones in the sixth round with the 198th overall pick. Jones started all 12 games in his senior year, finishing with 30 tackles, three tackles for losses and two sacks.

Jones spent his final two seasons at Mississippi after he was listed as a top-five junior college prospect at East Mississippi Junior College. He recorded 40 tackles and four sacks in his first season after transferring to the SEC school.

The 49ers selected Utah pass rusher Pita Taumoepenu in the sixth round with the 202nd overall pick. Taumoepenu recorded nine sacks last season. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection. He tied for third place in the Pac-12 with three forced fumbles and tied for fourth in the conference in sacks.

Taumoepenu was born in Euless, Texas on March 9, 1994. He moved to Tonga with his family when he was three years old. He learned how to play rugby. He eventually went to Provo, Utah to become an all-state pick with 25 sacks in his senior year. The NCAA had some issues with the splitting of his high school career between two countries, but he ended up playing in seven games as a freshman.

The 49ers used their final pick of the draft to select Miami defensive back Adrian Colbert in the seventh round with the 229th overall pick. Colbert played his first three seasons at Texas before transferring to Miami. He finished his college career with 48 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended.

Notes
The 49ers selected 10 players during the 2017 NFL Draft. They have up to seven players to add to the 90-man roster as undrafted rookies.

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