Here are the six guys the 49ers signed as UDFAs after the draft.
- Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC
- Asante Cleveland, TE, Miami
- Kory Faulkner, QB, Southern Illinois
- Fou Fonoti, OT, Michigan State
- Taylor Gabriel, WR, Abilene Christian
- LJ McCray, S, Catawba
- Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
Morgan Breslin, a highly touted pass rusher before getting injured, is in the news for hoping to cash in on his Lloyd’s of London insurance policy that states he would get a payout if an injury hindered his draft position. As a UDFA, I guess he can say his knee injury lowered his value. Shayne Skov is another highy regarded player who was waylaid by injuries. Instead of going to the Raiders as a posible walk-on starter, he decided to come to the Niners to learn at the feet of the best guys in the business. Probably a good idea to get healthyed up and try to stick. Oft-injured Darius Fleming didn’t stick as he blew his knee out twice in a row.
LJ McCray is a small school guy who had some eye popping kick return numbers, and is a pretty solid safety to boot. He is also notable for being on NJ’s draft board as a possible late-round sleeper. Another small-school guy is QB Kory Faulkner, who Jim Harbaugh bumped into while scouting Jimmy Garapollo from Northern Illinois. The Souther Illinois QB was throwing alongside Jimmy, and Harbaugh liked him and asked for his tape. The rest is 3rd-string-QB history. I mean if you can’t beat out McLeod Bethel-Thompson . . .
Taylor Gabriel? Yikes, he’s tiny (5’8″ 165 lb) but he ran a blazing 4.28 40. He’s likely gunning for ST/KR/Gunner job, but he looks like he’d be fun to see out there at WR on occasion.
With the team loaded with talent, and the recently added 12 draftees, it’ll be tough for any of these guys to mnake the grade, but a couple should.
I’d bet on Skov and McCray.