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Niners get six draft picks under contract

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And then there was one.

The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday evening that they have signed six members of their seven-man draft pick class to four-year contracts. The only rookie pick left standing is first-rounder A.J. Jenkins.

Signed were second-round running back LaMichael James, fourth-round guard Joe Looney, fifth-round linebacker Darius Fleming, sixth-round picks Trent Robinson, a safety, and Jason Slowey, an offensive lineman, and seventh-round linebacker Cam Johnson.

The Niners caught some media flak for their 2012 draft class because draftniks didn’t believe Jenkins would go in the first round, and because James doesn’t play a position of immediate need. Clearly, however, San Francisco wanted to add explosiveness on offense. Jenkins ran a 4.41 at the Combine, and James clocked a 4.4-flat.

James (pictured) will compete for playing time with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs, and Anthony Dixon, though the latter is tentatively expected to be the odd man out. James lacks the same amount of physicality, but has drawn some comparisons to Darren Sproles for his playmaking ability and receiving skills.

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16 Responses to “Niners get six draft picks under contract”
  1. mianfr says: May 10, 2012 8:29 PM

    Regardless of the outcome, you have to respect the Niners for going out and trying to make their offense as scary as their defense.

  2. eastsideballa says: May 10, 2012 8:30 PM

    Its gonna be fun watching Moss implode the team after he realizes Alex Smith is the QB. The commentators will say “Alex Smith with a 9 yard bomb up the side-line to Moss!”. Cant Wait.

  3. dynastygamer says: May 10, 2012 8:32 PM

    Harbaugh is doing an amazing job with them. He’s definitely restoring some of what San Fran had back in the day. He’ll probably get a ring in a few years.

  4. greenmachin3 says: May 10, 2012 8:39 PM

    Nice to know that they will not be like Crabtree.

  5. discosucs2005 says: May 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    @eastsideballa

    Do you read? I don’t mean did you read the article where Moss had a tiny contract with no money guaranteed so the 49ers can cut him if he acts up; I mean do you ever read anything?

  6. chazzmichaelmichaels says: May 10, 2012 8:58 PM

    I like the James pick a lot, watch the tape, the kid has talent, I think there will be a lot of teams wishing they would’ve pick that kid.

  7. ninerdynasty says: May 10, 2012 9:30 PM

    @Eastsideballa – it must suck to be a niner hater these days huh?

  8. mrmarcus55 says: May 10, 2012 10:12 PM

    If wanna see this team implode put some money up homes, if you wanna bet against harbaugh you playing with fire baby!

  9. zackattack006 says: May 10, 2012 10:38 PM

    No Harbaugh will ever win a Super Bowl.

    I would have drafted Lamar Miller instead of James. Jimmy boy made a huge mistake, you’ll see.

  10. cheers4ablumpkin says: May 10, 2012 10:45 PM

    Idc it was a great pick James is deffently better then Trent Richardson

  11. 805_9er says: May 10, 2012 11:18 PM

    Good work Baalke! Can’t wait, 4 months from yesterday we will be in GB and the Packers are not going to know what hit them!!!

  12. travelbavaria says: May 10, 2012 11:33 PM

    Saying Trent Richardson is not as good as James is a stretch, isn’t it? But, as a 49er fan, I hope you are right as the season will reveal.

  13. sixjak says: May 11, 2012 12:33 AM

    ^^^Nope,they’re not. IDC what anybody has to say, defense still gets it done. GB better hope they have a defense this year. I think Detroit and Chicago are going to give everything they can handle

    Mr. Baalke’s got his crap together.

  14. bobhk says: May 11, 2012 12:45 AM

    @zackattack006 says:
    May 10, 2012 10:38 PM
    No Harbaugh will ever win a Super Bowl.

    I would have drafted Lamar Miller instead of James. Jimmy boy made a huge mistake, you’ll see.

    ——-
    I’m sure you are the GM of team from suckville.

  15. alldonesmith says: May 11, 2012 1:56 AM

    The media didn’t like Baalke’s draft class last year either, but Aldon Smith, Chris Culliver, Kendall Hunter, Colin Jones and Bruce Miller showed them all they were wrong. Plus an ultra-athletic QB sitting on the bench learning for a few years in Kaepernick and a player in Daniel Kilgore who is the C of the future but might even win the starting RG spot this year.

    I’ll admit, I was surprised by the Jenkins pick at first, but I’ve warmed up to it quite considerably. And I loved all the other picks they made too, even if it wasn’t who the “draftniks” wanted them to go with. Think about it this way: what did the 49ers need going into the draft? Explosive playmakers on offense, and depth at G/C, OLB and S. The rest of the roster was set. And what did Harbaalke do? Picked up explosive playermakers at WR and RB, drafted a G/C, two OLB and an extremely underrated S in Trenton Robinson who I think will be a stud. And to top it all off, they got three picks in the 2013 draft!

    The only reason I don’t give them an A is because watching the war room they clearly missed out on a couple guys they really wanted (Vinny Curry, Gino Gradkowski, etc). But it was a great haul, and it’s really fun to watch the most talented roster 2-53 in the entire NFL get even BETTER this offseason. Can’t wait to see Lombardi #6 in SF soon.

  16. sanfran49707 says: May 11, 2012 3:36 AM

    Jenkins Will Suprise Alotta Of Folks He Was And Always Has Been Consistant At His WR Position So I Have Faith He Will Make An Immediate Impact….#GreatDraft!!!!

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