49ers select CB Culliver with 80th pick


49ers select CB Culliver with 80th pick

April 29, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comWith the 80th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected cornerback Chris Culliver from South Carolina.
The 49ers traded their third round pick (76th overall) to the Jaguars in exchange for the 80th pick and the 182nd overall pick (sixth round).Culliver spoke to reporters via conference call:On whether he had any inkling the 49ers were going to pick him:
"I didnt know. I was definitely surprised but Jim Harbaugh definitely told me he was very interested in me and I'm definitely glad I took the trip up there because I felt like I showed what type of character I have and just to get to know everybody. So, I'm definitely glad to be a 49er now."
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On when he took the trip to visit the 49ers:
"Probably about three weeks ago I would say."

On his impression of meeting the defensive coaches:
"Just the direction it was going, I was definitely pleased with what they were trying to do. Meeting the coach, I definitely enjoyed his time and we sat down at dinner and definitely talked a lot and I definitely learned a lot from him, even just talking to him and talking about, looking at tape, learning different formations and everything. So, I definitely feel like hes going to be a coach that can teach me a lot and I can learn a lot from him."

On whether he has fully tapped his potential from college:
"I feel like I wasn't at the best of my ability at South Carolina but I definitely don't doubt anything or complain about the scheme or anything like that. But that's why I'm definitely so glad. So, I'm definitely prepared for the opportunity."
On whether he considers himself a corner or a safety:
"Whatever coach wants me to play. I feel like I can definitely develop into a good corner. I feel like at safety I'm definitely good at that position as well. I know I dont have a lot of years of experience like other guys at corner, but I definitely only can develop and be a better player in that role. So, regardless, I'm down for pretty much whatever coach wants me to do."

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts


Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.