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49ers Sign Two Draft Picks; Five Undrafted Rookies

Posted by Taylor Price on July 27, 2011 – 2:12 PM

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.


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

Player Bios

WR Dontavia Bogan

6-1, 188

South Florida

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

6-4, 285


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

6-6, 275


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

6-0, 195


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

5-8 198

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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9 Responses to “49ers Sign Two Draft Picks; Five Undrafted Rookies”

  1. By HARRY RUMP on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


  2. By Ben miller on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    have not followed the draft or anything since the lock out hold out from the owners. Who knows what the niners are planing. The Brain trust is gone. Eddy has been gone a very long time and team has gone down hill since. He was set up by the feds. hissister and husband has runned tghe team in the ground. lucky alot of tams have been runned into the grounds at the same time. keeping them competive in the 500 win lose area. New stadium being built and I can see high ticket prices in the near future. n osellouts meaning blacked out games. seeing days like back in the 70s.

  3. By anon on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    two words…andrew luck

  4. By REBEL on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Its really hard to sit back and watch the yorks continue year after year just ruin this Ifranchise.Am I the only one who notices that no matter who they hire, every year we sit and watch every free agent doig dissapear one by one with the 49ers doig absolutely nothing!!!!!

  5. By Steve Divine on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply


  6. By Jeremy on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a 9ers fan for over 30 years, the past 10 years have been by far the most miserable! Why we continue to let free agents fly away I will never know. The waste of our second round pick on a qb that will not pan out, we can only hope for Luck next year. Get ready for another horribly long season!!!!!

  7. By Jesus Garza on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Niners will be 9 and 7 this year. Yes, better than last year, even with the growing pains. This team has an excellent coach and a great nucleus.

  8. By Tony Gurley on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    We’re pulling for ya Dontavia,make Thomasville,Ga proud.good luck and God bless you.

  9. By jamie on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I have been 49er fan all my life and the past 5 or 6 years have been the worse ive seen them do with free agents. There were alot of needs this year that were needed that we didnt do anything. Corner back’ qb’ and other needs. We sit and do nothing every year. Im almost at the stage where im just going to stop watching them.

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