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49ers Sign Remaining Draft Picks

Posted by Taylor Price on July 28, 2011 – 8:14 AM

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Thursday that they have signed first round draft pick LB Aldon Smith (pictured above) to a four-year contract that contains a club option for a fifth year.

Additionally, the team signed the following draft picks to four-year contracts: QB Colin Kaepernick, CB Chris Culliver, RB Kendall Hunter, WR Ronald Johnson, S Colin Jones, G Mike Person and CB Curtis Holcomb.

All 10 of the 49ers 2011 draft picks are now signed.

The 49ers also signed undrafted free agent LB Monte Simmons from Kent State.

Smith (6-4, 258) was selected by the 49ers with the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft. The University of Missouri product played in 23 games (21 starts) and recorded 112 tackles, 17 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and seven passes defensed as a Tiger. In 2009, Smith set Missouri’s single-season record with 11.5.

Smith started all 10 games in which he played in 2010 and was a First-Team All-Big 12 selection, as well as the recipient of Missouri’s Defensive Lineman of the Year Award. He registered 48 tackles while adding five-and-a-half sacks, 10 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

The 21-year-old attended Raytown (MO) Senior High School and was a first-team all-state selection, as well as the recipient of Raytown’s Defensive Most Valuable Player Award.

Kaepernick (6-4, 230) was the 49ers second round selection (36th overall) in this year’s draft out of the University of Nevada. He played in 51 games (47 starts) for the Wolf Pack, completing 740 of 1,271 passes for 10,098 yards, 82 touchdowns and just 24 interceptions. Kaepernick also rushed for 4,112 yards on 600 carries and 59 touchdowns, becoming the only player in the NCAA history to throw for over 10,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards. He is also the only quarterback in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.

In 2010, Kaepernick was a Second-Team All-America selection by The NFL Draft Report, First-Team All-WAC first team and the WAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He started all 14 games and completed 233 of 359 passes (64.9 pct.) for 3,022 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while adding 1,206 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing on 173 carries. Kaepernick was part of a backfield that led the nation in rushing (344.9 yards/game) as he joined teammates Vai Taua (1,345 yards) and Luke Lippincott (1,034 yards), as the first trio from the same team to each rush for over 1,000 yards in the same season in NCAA history.

Kaepernick attended Pitman High School in Turlock, CA, where he was an all-state nominee in football, basketball and baseball.

Culliver (6-0, 199) was a third-round selection (80th overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of the University of South Carolina. Excelling on both defense and special teams in his collegiate career, he played in 43 games (32 starts) for the Gamecocks and recorded 156 tackles, three interceptions, four sacks, 10 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 14 passes defended. Culliver also registered 106 kickoff returns for 2,476 yards in his career, ranking him third in SEC history in both categories.

As a senior in 2010, Culliver started all seven games he appeared in and registering 34 tackles, one sack, two-and-a-half tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. He also added 12 kickoff returns for 261 yards.

The 22-year-old attended Garner Magnet High School in Garner, NC.

Hunter (5-7, 199), was the 49ers fourth-round selection (115th overall) in this year’s draft out of Oklahoma State. He played in 46 games (23 starts) for the Cowboys and rushed for 4,181 yards and 37 touchdowns on 708 carries, and added 63 receptions for 519 yards and two touchdowns. Hunter’s 4,181 career rushing yards rank fourth in school history behind only Thurman Thomas (4,595; 1984-87), Terry Miller (4,581; 1974-77) and David Thompson (4,314; 1993-96).

The 22-year-old ranks fifth in Big 12 history with 4,181 career rushing yards and became just the fourth running back in Oklahoma State history to rush for 1,500 yards in two different seasons. As a senior, Hunter was named First-Team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation, American Football Coaches Association and AP, while finishing second for the AP Big 12 Player of the Year Award. He played in 13 games (12 starts) in 2010, rushing for 1,548 yards and 16 touchdowns on 271 carries and added 20 receptions for 101 yards and five kickoff returns for 87 yards.

Hunter attended John Tyler High School in Tyler, TX.

Johnson (5-10, 185), was the first of two sixth-round draft picks (182nd overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of the University of Southern California. He played in 47 games (20 starts) for the Trojans, racking up 3,501 all-purpose yards in his four-year collegiate career.

As a senior, Johnson was a Second-Team All-Pac 10 selection as a punt returner and an honorable mention choice as a receiver. He played in 13 games in 2010, hauling in 64 receptions for 692 yards and eight touchdowns, in addition to 22 punt returns for 312 yards (14.2 average) and one touchdown. Johnson also added five carries for 25 yards and four kickoff returns for 87 yards.

The 22-year-old attended Muskegon (MI) High School where he earned a host of All-America honors.

Jones (6-0, 208) was the second of two sixth-round draft picks (190th overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of Texas Christian. He earned Second-Team All-Mountain West honors as a senior in 2010, appearing in 13 games (12 starts) and posting 80 tackles, one interception, three sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and five passes defensed.

The 23-year-old played in 45 games (17 starts) for the Horned Frogs, recording 124 tackles, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), four sacks, 14 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and eight passes defensed.

Jones attended Bridgeport (TX) High school, where he was first team all-state and county MVP, as a senior.

Person (6-4, 299), was the second of three seventh-round draft picks (239th overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of Montana State University. He started all 42 games in which he appeared on the offensive line for the Bobcats, including the final 35 straight. As a senior, Person earned First-Team All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2010, starting all 12 games and helping lead MSU to a Conference Championship and the FCS Playoffs.

As the Bobcats led the Big Sky in scoring offense, total offense, passing offense and first downs, Person did not allow a single sack in 2010. He also earned First-Team All-Big Sky after his 11 starts at right tackle as a junior in 2009 and was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player in the spring of 2008.

Person attended Dawson County High School in Glendive, MT, and was a three-time all-league choice, earned Class A all-state honors as a junior and senior and was selected as the team MVP as a senior. He was also a two-time state discus champion.

Holcomb (5-10, 190), was the third of three seventh-round selections (250th overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of Florida A&M University. A third-team All-American selection and second-team All-MEAC honoree as a senior, he played in 45 games (37 starts) in his career for the Rattlers, registering 161 tackles, 12 interceptions, seven tackles for loss, one fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown), 25 passes defended and three blocked kicks.

Holcomb attended Miami (FL) Southridge High School, earning All-Dade County honors in both football and track and field.


LB Monte Simmons
6-3, 226

Kent St.

Played in 45 games (19 starts) for the Golden Flashes, registering 147 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 6 FFs, FR, 38.5 TFLs and 4 PDs. In 2010, played in 9 games (8 starts) and recorded 38 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 FF, 10 TFLs and 3 PDs. Played in 12 games (7 starts) as a junior and was named second-team All-MAC, notching 56 tackles, a team-high 8 sacks, 3 FFs, 16 TFLs and 1 PD. In 2008, played in 12 games (2 starts) and recorded 34 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR and 7 TFLs. Played in 12 games (2 starts) as a freshman and earned Defensive Rookie of the Year and the Jack Lambert Cup after tallying 19 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF and 5.5. Attended Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh, PA) HS, earning first-team all-conference honors as a senior while lettering in football and track & field. Majored in manufacturing technology. Born 1/29/89 in Swissvale, PA.

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27 Responses to “49ers Sign Remaining Draft Picks”

  1. By John on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s get it on.

  2. By Gunny Guenther on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    …And SO it Begins, Here’s to a GREAT 2011 season! GO NINERS!!!!Thanks for saving NFL FOOTBALL !!! Great Job by the Players & Owners in coming togeather to secure your Futures for the NEXT 10 years. Unheard of in these trying times. Hey, Maybe , “YOU” can teach the President & CONGRESS to do the same before AUG. 3rd (You already gave them a great example to follow in UNITY )eh? Next step Playoffs,”SUPERBOWL” + DYNASTY GOOOOO NINERS!!!!!-Gunny

  3. By Gunny Guenther on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    The FUTURE is “signed” and ready to BUILD the NEXT DYNASTY . Good Luck in YOUR NINER FUTURES. May YOU stay “Healthy” Strong and Invigerated in the coming season( and many after that ). “Listen ” to the coaches we all have the same goals in mind= SUPERBOWL SUPERBOWL SUPERBOWL.-GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU :) -Gunny

  4. By alex_fn_smith on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    whats this salty discharge coming from my eyes?….oh my god…im crying…..oh god im crying…..wwwwwwwwaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!! i cant take it anymore! = (

  5. By Richard Hutzezon on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    49ers Rule!

  6. By alex_fn_smith on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    ive been a 9ers fan since i was 9 years old…living in a family full of die hard cowboys fans….yes…you heard me COWBOYS fans! can you imagine the pain,suffering and torment ive been through….and yet…this is a sad week for me,cant put my finger on it….im just sad….god d@#n yorks! cheap @$$ mother f&$%#ers!

  7. By alex_fn_smith on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    PUT IN TROY!!!!

  8. By Mullyace420 on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Alex smith is BAD LUCK MOJO, Black cat, broken mirror the 49ers will have BAD LUCK until alex is GONE he is the reason for all the bad seasons and watch when he leaves the 49ers will do good

  9. By yes yes yes....NO...NO on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    YEP the so called owners Yorks i think they call them selves have sinched up the pocket book and left us fans with nothing to buy tickets for. I mean come on with the teams snaggin up players like they are we are in a spiral towards nothing to loo forward to to maybe ….and i mean maybe 8-8 if we are lucky the cards and hawks have bolstered there teams and are not done yet and the niners just let guys go and say well we will go with what we got the coaching staff can make them better. We dont need to get any players to try and win something we will just let the good players we have now just fade away and get older so we can get rid of em and sit around and fire coaches and staff and ponder why we cant seem to win…. Come on you get free agents to build a team and also to get the fans fired up and want to come to games and then u sell tickets and food and merchandise so you can make money. Its simple really you have to spend money to make money …nuff said …peace out niners u rock the front office well we can only hope they and Alex get another co-ordinator to try and fix their broken dream. Go players and fans niners forever…always a fan just not a fan of where the yorks are takin us

  10. By Samuel Payne on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Should have gotten rid of Alex and kept Troy smith, so he can work with Jim. we need to get some of those free agent guy on defense, and a free agent running back, because Gore stay hurt to much. Go niners.

  11. By jayteepee on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Niners need to hurry up and sign MASOLI…a running back with skills and the threat of throwing the ball. He’s exactly what the NINERS need to replace ALEX…give him a shot and I know you won’t regret it!!! 49ERS ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!!!

  12. By red gold on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    That dude was over paid, over rated. In his time in S.F. he didnt even make the pro bowl. Clements never played up to his contract. This is a good move. If Clements was humble he would of taken less money and still be employed. No one is going to sign that guy (not for the money he’s asking for).

  13. By True to the game on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Well 49ers got some good draft picks. But still no starting QB and no real cover DBs. I think Alex Smith proved he can not play QB in the NFL. But people blame the OL players for all his bad plays. Well I never thought Alex Smith was the best pick for them. I thought they should have got the best QB the Packers did:(. Please get a QB that has won some to make us better and teach the young guys how to play. Get a good cover corner tired of seeing us get burnt deep. 49ers get off the sinking ship that is keep us down. 49ers have some good players that we can use to compete

  14. By Jay on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    We need more veteran Db’s! These rookie dbs are ok, but don’t have any experience. I think Nmadi is going to be tough to obtain, go for joseph DB, Carlos Rogers, or Richard Marshall. Please address the secondary niners. I am tired of seeing us allowing more than 300 yds a game through the air.

  15. By tom in NJ on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Nice but we’ve lost more FA’s. Be nice to get just 1 new toy! No Nate clements now!…who’s gonna cover the recievers now…We had tough time last year!…PLEASE DO WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE TOP CB IN FA!

  16. By tom in NJ on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Eagles where able to trade Colb, get a pro bowl corner and on top of it get a 2nd round pic! Man I wish 49ers front office would give me a chance at calling some personnel moves!Can’t due much worse!

  17. By pan-am on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    why did we not pull the trigger with kevin K. ,,, i have a bad feeling that the cardinals will win the division cause of that move alone,, and we start the season off 0-3 and look at the A. Smith with that stupid look on his face on what the hell just happened again..almost too much to bear………………..

  18. By mitch on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think that this year is make or break for Alex Smith let Kaepernick learn behind Smith and then the first interception Smith makes and after the boo’s let kaepernick take over.p.s.i would trade gore he has maybe 1 or 2 years left.get him outta here.

  19. By David Whitaker on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    u watch Alex will leed us to the promesed land

  20. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply


  21. By jrparker on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    , I would have worked out a deal with New England to acquire their 17th overall pick of the first round and their first or second pick of the second round. I believe NE would have traded for the 9ers 7th overall pick. How our draft could have looked.

    1) Jimmy Smith……………………………………….CB/S
    2) Marvin Austin……………………………………..DE/DT
    2) Justin Houston…………………………………….OLB/DE
    3) Curtis Marsh………………………………………CB
    4) Kendall Hunter……………………………………RB
    4) Cecil Shorts……………………………………….WR
    5) Jake Kirkpatrick…………………………………C
    6) Kai Forbath………………………………………..K
    6) Mario Harvey……………………………………..ILB
    7) Shaun Chapas……………………………………..FB
    7) Bruce Miller………………………………………..OLB
    7) Pat Devlin…………………………………………..QB

  22. By NVSFFan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    GOD IS GOOD! LOVE THESE ROOKIE PICKS! Thank you keapernick/harbaugh… Life is sweet

  23. By Joe on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Florida 49er fan: The beginning of the end started when the 49ers did not sign CB Deion Sanders to a longterm contract when they won their last Superbowl 1994. Now, we have owners who do care about the fans, but making money on sub par talent such as Alex Smith. Eddie Debartolo would have sacked Alex Smith 4 years ago, coach Walsh also would have let him go along time ago.

    To the Yorks, we need a franchise QB, Alex Smith is not the answer for this team. Please sell the team, we want an owner who wants to win championships, not to just get by and make some money. Do not partner with the Raiders on a new stadium together!

  24. By choctaw4ever on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply


  25. By BDUBB on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    why arent we making moves for free agents??? & WHY DO WE STILL HAVE ALEX SMITH????!!!!

  26. By Wil Northup on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t understand how anyone can condone the lockout on either side, it was totaly unneccesary, these millionairs/billionairs damn near ruined the season for us the fans who pay for everything. They did ruin it for Canton Ohio and all the hall of famers who deserve to have their day in the sun.
    The greedy players wanted more money like they don’t make enough all ready Hello? I for one am changing to a college football fan F _ _ _ the NFL. and their greedy players.

  27. By ROGER on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply


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