All 10 49er Draft Picks Signed, Including Former Pack QB Kaepernick

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

The San Francisco 49ers today announced that they have signed first round draft pick LB Aldon Smith 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.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT BIO
LB Monte Simmons6-3, 226Kent 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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