In the sixth-round of the draft the 49ers selected safety Trenton Robinson from Michigan State. Robinson fills a need at a safety but he will need to have a great training camp if wants to make the team.
Robinson has the size and speed of a cornerback but it doesn’t take much film-watching to see why the Spartans like his physicality at the safety position. This under-the-radar high school recruit has more than exceeded expectations during his first three years in East Lansing. After working on special teams as a freshman in 2008 (making six tackles), Robinson earned seven starts in 11 games the following year. He ranked fourth on the team with 67 tackles (he also intercepted one pass and deflected two others) despite missing two contests with an ankle injury. His breakout season came in 2010, however, as the second-team All-Big Ten pick (coaches) finished in the top five in the conference in interceptions (four), pass break-ups
Robinson’s biggest performance in 2010 came when the Spartans went into Ann Arbor and beat then-number 18-ranked — and arch-rival– Michigan. His seven tackles included a TD-saving stop against running back Mike Shaw, then he intercepted QB Denard Robinson’s third-down pass into the end zone. That set the tone for a 34-17 win, and a share of the Big Ten regular season title for MSU–their first in twenty years. In a weak safety class, a few more big plays will put him near the top of the heap.
Eric Melendez has been a life-long 49ers fan that bleeds Red and Gold. While growing up in Orange, CA he was behind enemy lines when the Rams played in Anaheim in the ’80s and most of the ’90s. This however allowed him to see the 49ers every year when they came into town as his dad had season tickets for the Rams. Having lived in San Francisco since 2008, his appreciation for the Niners has only grown as he is able to cheer on the 49ers with locals at the bar and attend home games.