This week the San Francisco 49ers signed six of their seven draft picks to four-year contracts. The newly signed players are RB LaMichael James, G Joe Looney, LB Darius Fleming, S Trenton Robinson, OL Jason Slowey, and LB Cameron Johnson. First-round draft pick WR A.J. Jenkins is still unsigned, though he is expected to ink a deal soon with a salary of around $1.2 million based on the rookie wage scale. It’s great for the 49ers to get almost all of their draft picks signed so early. All of the draft picks are currently attending the 49ers’ rookie minicamp this weekend, including Jenkins.
The 49ers also announced tackle Alex Boone will be moving to guard. It looks as if Boone will be the teams answer at starting right guard. Boone has been a backup tackle with the 49ers since 2009 but he has never started a game at any position. Even though Boone looks to be the best option on the roster, winning the starting job will be difficult as he has never played at guard in the NFL or in college. The big issue with Boone is his limited time actually on the field in the regular season.
In 2009, Boone was on the 49ers’ practice squad. The 2010 season saw him make the team but he played in only one game. Last season Boone saw action in 172 plays on offense, at left and right tackle. He still has more experience over his competition for the starting job at right guard. Daniel Kilgore and Mike Pearson are a second-year guards who did not see any action on the field in 2011. Fourth-round draft pick Joe Looney rounds out the completion at right guard.
Jim Harbaugh and his coaches must see something in Boone to put all of their faith in the offensive lineman to start at right guard who has no previous experience at the position.