Apr 27, 2013 9:59 PM by Andrew Masuda
The San Francisco 49ers took a wide receiver, running back and quarterback during the third and final round of the NFL Draft. The 49ers made seven picks in all on Saturday.
The defending NFC Champions started by nabbing wide receiver Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech with their first of two fourth round picks. Patton is expected to compete immediately for playing time after he recorded 104 receptions for 1,392 yards and 13 TD as a senior last season.
They selected running back Marcus Lattimore out of South Carolina three picks later at 131 overall. Lattimore comes to the 49ers after a junior season during which he suffered a career-threatening right knee injury in South Carolina's ninth game, one year after Lattimore suffered torn ligaments in his left knee midway through his sophomore season.
Despite the injuries, Lattimore still set South Carolina school records with 38 career rushing touchdowns and 41 total touchdowns in just 29 games. The NCAA's Freshman of the Year in 2010, Lattimore rushed for 2,677 yards in three abbreviated seasons.
He will get an opportunity with the 49ers to add punch to a backfield that includes four-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, who also had serious injuries to both knees in college but went on to become a star in the NFL. San Francisco's top backup running back last year, Kendall Hunter, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon that ended his season last year after 11 games.
They took defensive lineman Quinton Dial out of Alabama with their fifth-round selection, further strengthening an area in which the team lost two of its top players during free agency. The 49ers also used a second-round selection Friday to draft Florida State's Tank Carradine to fortify the team's defensive front wall. Carradine is expected to play at end in San Francisco's 3-4 defensive alignment while Dial is projected to play inside at nose tackle in the line rotation.
The 49ers lost starting nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency and Rickey Jean Francois, the top reserve in their line rotation for several seasons, signed with the Indianapolis Colts.
They took Florida State linebacker Nick Moody with the 180th overall pick. The sixth round pick is a candidate for multiple roles after starting at both safety and linebacker during his college career. Moody spent three seasons at safety with the Seminoles before moving to outside linebacker last year. At 6-foot-2 and 237 pounds, he also has potential to move to inside linebacker in San Francisco's 3-4 defensive scheme and could become a physical presence on special teams.
They made quarterback B.J. Daniels of South Florida the first of their three seventh-round selections. Daniels said the team will give him an opportunity at quarterback, but the versatile 6-foot, 210-product also could get a shot at other positions after playing some defensive back in college. Daniels, the No. 237 overall selection, could fit in with the read-option offense the 49ers are now gravitating toward behind starter Colin Kaepernick and veteran newcomer Colt McCoy. Daniels passed for 2,078 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 426 yards and five touchdowns with South Florida last season.
Iowa State offensive tackle Carter Bykowski went 9 picks later. He joins an established offensive line with the 49ers that includes starting tackles Joe Staley and Anthony Davis. Staley started for the NFC in the Pro Bowl the past two seasons and the 49ers recently signed Davis, entering his fourth season, to a lucrative contract extension. Bykowksi will have an opportunity to earn a reserve role with the 49ers, who carried no offensive tackles other than Staley and Davis on their 53-man roster last season and have added no other players to the position so far this year.
Cornerback Marcus Cooper out of Rutgers was the team's final pick of the 2013 Draft. Cooper, the No. 252 overall selection, could compete for a reserve role in a San Francisco secondary that is looking to upgrade at the cornerback position. Cooper finished with 42 tackles and one interception in 13 games for Rutgers last season.
He is one of two defensive backs among San Francisco's 11 total picks, joining LSU safety Eric Reid, selected by the 49ers with the No. 18 overall pick in the first round.
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