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49 in 49: Best of the Rest

Posted by Taylor Price on April 16, 2012 – 3:41 PM

The best players from non-BCS schools, or as we like to call them, “The Best of the Rest” will be profiled this week on 49ers.com as we conclude our “49 in 49” pre-draft series.

Just because you didn’t perform in one of the nation’s power conferences doesn’t mean you won’t be drafted. The 49ers have a long history of finding talented players from non-BCS programs. Does the name Jerry Rice ring a bell? The 49ers snatched the Hall of Fame wide receiver in the 1985 draft from little-known Mississippi Valley State. It’s safe to say that pick worked out brilliantly for the 49ers.

In recent memory, the 49ers have not shied away from selecting non-BCS players either. Last year alone, six of the team’s 10 draft picks were from such schools.

Currently, 21 players have non-BCS ties on the team’s current roster. Judging by past drafts under general manager Trent Baalke, the 49ers won’t hesitate from adding a small-school, or non-BCS player.

Which non-BCS prospect would you like to see with the 49ers in2012?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Posted in Announcements | 32 Comments »

32 Responses to “49 in 49: Best of the Rest”

  1. By Tobi Naillon on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kellen Moore!!! It would be a dream come true for this BSU alum/49er for life fan. :)

  2. By Mike on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Pick up S Duke Ihenacho. He’s a SJSU product, big fan of the 49ers, and a local favorite. He also wowed scouts at the SJSU pro-day, where he improved some of his physical tests from the Combine

  3. By nate on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Doug Martin, RB- Boise State
    Kellen Moore, QB- Boise State

  4. By Shawn Eaton on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I like Justin Bethel from Presbyterian College. He is a sleeper DB. Looks like a great catch for Special Teams!

  5. By David Hardcastle on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kellen Moore is a gem from the “Gem State” Boise State Broncos and should be grabbed if possible not only for his QB prowess but his offensive coaching mind. The winningest QB in FBS history would make an invaluable addition to the club… possibly even contend with Smith for the starting job in a season or 2. Think about it long and hard Niners… but on draft day dont think too long… Moore is a lock in my book…. Go get him!

  6. By bruce on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    EASY, pure and simple: Kellen Moore. The guy has mad skills and is a genius, if he last that long. I have a feeling he’ll be drafted alot higher than most think.

  7. By Dan Barber on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Devon Wylie!!!!!

  8. By thomas on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    would like to see the 49ers take a hard look at WR patrick edwards from u of h.
    he’s quick and explosive with good hands.

  9. By Chris Sacco on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’d l

  10. By Chris Sacco on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’d love to see the Niners draft Kellen Moore! He’d be a great backup for Alex and you can definitely build an offense around him. He takes care of things!

  11. By Fred Pacheco on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Doug Martin. Boise State.

  12. By Fred Pacheco on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Doug Martin, Boise State

  13. By csteele on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’d love to see either Robert Turbin or Bobby Wagner drafted by my Niners. Wagner is an awesome linebacker that has starter written all over him.

  14. By jimmy moore on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    the 49ers should trade there first round pick this year then they will have enough picks to trade up and draft Barkley from USC in next years draft and finally have that franchise quarterback that we all have been waiting for.

  15. By ang on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Love Wylies speed and Wagners toughness

  16. By Felipe on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Doug Martin & Kellen Moore, Boise State!!

  17. By don on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’d like to see the 9ers get Turbin in the third round if hes still there.

  18. By Nathan on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Kellen Moore would be a great addition. Some time in the NFL to get that arm strengh down he could have a brilliant career in the NFL. He already has the instincts just need to get the arm strengh.

  19. By Ron on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Tyler Shoemaker BSU

  20. By idaho49ers on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Oh man I’d love to see them draft Moore. Watched this kid his whole collegiate career. I very nice kid too.

  21. By idaho49ers on Apr 16, 2012 | Reply

    Having watched watched ever game Kellan has played in
    College he would be a Great addition.

  22. By JasonInReno on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rishard Matthews, WR, University of Nevada.

  23. By Andre on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    T.Y Hilton, wr out of FIU

  24. By Pat Kimball on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    LaMichael James

  25. By idaho49ers on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    I’d love to see Kellan and Rival Kap battle it out for second string. Man if you could put Kellens Football brain in CK what a player that would be.

  26. By ogre on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ladies and gentlemen; we’re talking high speed accessories here. Seems that a balance of nuts & bolts is needed~ O line and D line depth. Can’t be denied though it would appear this years squad is awesome! Who’s got it better than US? NOBODY!

  27. By rjdniner on Apr 17, 2012 | Reply

    anybody ……. what typ of offence did they run at bosie state speard or pro set ?

  28. By Rudy on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kellen Moore baby! He would be the greatest back up qb ever, maybe even be a starter someday. Not fast enough, not big enough, arm not strong enough; ever heard of Joe Montana?

  29. By jrparker on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    There are a lot of gems out there, but we need to be focusing on needs that will put us over the top, like the best OG available with our #1 and follow it up with a quality WR, because I do not believe our current crop will surfice.

  30. By jrparker on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Take a look at Miles Burris OLB . He is well worth a 6th round pick, but could go sooner.

  31. By jrparker on Apr 18, 2012 | Reply

    Another late round gem could be RB Michael Smith out of Utah State.

  32. By TANK on Apr 19, 2012 | Reply

    Boise State gets a lot of love here, but I haven’t seen anyone mention my favorite:

    Billy Winn, DL, Boise State

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