The San Francisco 49ers announced on Wednesday that they have signed draft picks FB Bruce Miller and G Daniel Kilgore to four-year deals. The team has also signed undrafted free agents WR Dontavia Bogan, DE Brian Bulcke, DE Demarcus Dobbs, CB Corey Nelms and RB Seth Smith.
Kilgore (6-3, 308), was a fifth-round pick (163rd overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of Appalachian State University. He played in 48 games (29 starts) for the Mountaineers, starting 16 games at right guard and 13 games at left tackle. Kilgore was an All-Southern Conference and an All-America honoree as a senior in 2010. He started all 13 games at left tackle and anchored an offensive front that only allowed eight sacks and helped lead Appalachian State to top-10 national ranking in scoring (seventh – 34.3 points/game), rushing (eighth – 217.4 yards/game) and total offense (10th – 430.9 yards/game).
Kilgore, a 23-year old native of Kingsport, TN, attended Dobyns-Bennett (Kingsport, TN) High School and was a three-year starter at center, earning first-team 4A all-state honors as a senior.
Miller (6-2, 248), was the first of three seventh-round draft picks (211th overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of the University of Central Florida. A productive defensive end in college, he will make the transition to fullback for the 49ers.
Miller played in 52 games (46 starts) for the Knights and was a two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year (2009-10), recording 214 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 57.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions (returning two for touchdowns), six forced fumbles and nine passes defended. He also led all active collegiate players with 35.5 sacks and ranked third with 57.5 tackles for loss in his collegiate career.
Miller, a 23-year old native of Woodstock, GA, attended Woodstock High School and was named the Cherokee County Gridiron Club Linebacker of the Year and was also named all-county and all-region as a linebacker.
They are the first two of the 49ers ten 2011 draft picks to sign.
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT BIOS
Name Position Ht. Wt. School
Dontavia Bogan WR 6-1 188 South Florida
Brian Bulcke DE 6-4 285 Stanford
Demarcus Dobbs DE 6-6 275 Georgia
Cory Nelms CB 6-0 195 Miami
Seth Smith RB 5-8 198 New Mexico State
WR Dontavia Bogan
Saw action in 49 games (23 starts) at WR and posted 107 recepts. for 1,534 yds. and 12 TDs during his career, while adding 69 KORs for 1,598 yds. Played in 13 games (12 starts) as a senior, recording 47 catches for 685 yds. and a career-high 6 TDs. Appeared in 13 games (10 starts) as a junior and posted 22 catches for 306 yds. and 4 TDs, while also recording 770 yds. on 36 returns as the primary kick returner. In 2008, played in all 13 games (1 start) and tallied 26 recepts. for 354 yds. and 1 TD. As a true freshman, appeared in 11 games and registered 12 catches for 190 yds. and 1 TD. Attended Thomas County Central (Thomasville, GA) HS, where he starred at WR and FS. Named Region I-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year. Born 10/6/88 in Thomasville, GA.
DE Brian Bulcke
Saw action in 48 games (18 starts) in his career and tallied 75 tackles, 5 sacks and 9.5 TFLs. Set a career-high his senior season with 4.5 TFLs. Had a career-high 14 tackles vs. Navy his freshman year in 2006. Was the sixth overall selection in the 2010 Canadian Football League college draft by the Edmonton Eskimos. Regarded as one of the top three high school prospects in Canada while playing defensive end and offensive guard for St. Anne (Windsor, Ontario) HS. Majored in mechanical engineering. Born 4/27/87 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
DE Demarcus Dobbs
Saw action in 52 games (27 starts), accumulating 78 tackles, 41 QBPs, 11 TFLs, 7.5 sacks, 6 PDs, 4 FFs, and 2 INTs. Had a 78-yard INT return for a TD vs. Central Michigan in 2008. Earned one of team’s Coaches Leadership Awards for defense. Matched his career-high of four tackles at Colorado, vs. Ga. Tech and vs. UCF in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Graduated from Calvary Baptist (GA) HS. Majored in consumer economics. Born 11/30/87 in Savannah, GA.
CB Cory Nelms
Played in 23 games for the Hurricanes, notching 12 career tackles and 1 PD. In 2010, played in 11 games and tallied 5 tackles and 1 PD, while also playing special teams. As a junior, played in 13 games and recorded 7 tackles. Participated on the scout team from 2007-08. A track star at Miami, set a school record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds in 2010. Attended Neptune (NJ) HS, lettering three years at CB and earning all-region honors. Majored in exercise physiology. Born Cory Nelms (2/27/88) in Neptune, NJ.
RB Seth Smith
New Mexico State
Played in 25 games as an Aggie, rushing for 1,401 yds. and 4 TDs. Split time at RB as a senior and played in 12 games, gaining 385 yds., and 3 TDs. Rushed for 1,016 yds. and 1 TD as a junior. Spent two seasons at the College of Sequoias as the Giants’ leading rusher before joining New Mexico State. Earned all-conference honors and was rated by Rivals.com as a top-10 running back out of a junior college in the nation. Graduated from Oakland Technical (CA) HS. Majored in creative media. Born 12/14/87 in Oakland, CA.
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