49ers Select Punter Brad Pinion at 165

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The 49ers traded the 151st pick to the Colts to move down 14 spots and select punter Brad Pinion out of Clemson. The 49ers got pick 244 in the 7th in the trade back.

Apparently Baalke forgot that Andy Lee is on the team.

The 49ers finally add a wide receiver to their 2015 draft class, this time by selecting Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter. One thing of note on Smelter he will join Baalke’s All-ACL team. He suffered an ACL tear late in the 2014 season.

The 49ers add another running back to their roster by drafting South Carolina running back Mike Davis with the 126th of the 4th round. 49ers now head into camp with Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter, Jarrod Hayne, Reggie Bush and now Davis.

The 49ers first pick in the 4th round is used on Oklahoma tight end Blake Bell.

School: Clemson Experience: Junior
Height: 6-5 Weight: 229
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A three-sport star in high school, Smelter earned all-state honors in baseball, basketball and football, but decided his future was in baseball as a pitcher and didn’t play football his senior season in high school.
He was drafted in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and would have gone much earlier but teams knew of his commitment to playing collegiately at Georgia Tech. After multiple seasons of shoulder discomfort, Smelter realized his baseball career was over and returned to football in 2013, earning his way onto the field and flourishing.

It is tough to fully evaluate him considering the quarterback play and offense at Georgia Tech, but his natural athleticism and impressive skill-set makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in this class – the late-season ACL tear will knock him down draft boards, but he is still deserving of a draftable grade.

Has NFL-desired ratio of punting distance to hang time with a 42.6-yard average and a 4.1-second hang time. Forced opponents to fair catch his punts 44 percent of the time. Only 2.6 percent of his punts went for touchbacks (75 total punts in 2014).
Had timing issues on a few of his rugby punts, which affected distance. Despite hang time and lack of touchbacks, landed just 10.7 percent of his punts inside the 10-yard line. Not weather-tested.
Was able to keep punts from finding the end zone, but was inconsistent in the way he struck the ball as well as in his directional punting..


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