Friday marked the start of the San Francisco 49ers 2013 rookie minicamp. The camp will be conducted at team headquarters in Santa Clara and will provide Jim Harbaugh and his coaches their first on-field glimpse of the newly minted Niner players. The rookie minicamp will end on Sunday.
Expected to attend the rookie minicamp are ten of the 49ers 11 players drafted in April. Four of the players are at the minicamp, but have not been cleared to practice despite undergoing medical evaluations on Thursday. The only drafted rookie not attending is wide receiver Quinton Patton. The fourth-round draft pick cannot participate until his college class graduates, which is expected to happen next week.
Harbaugh on the start of rookie minicamp:
Excitement’s in the air. Our team got bigger. There’s more of us. These guys look really good. They look like football players. … I’m very pleased.
Our goal is to get our guys ready for when the veterans come in here, give them a chance to make the football team and evaluate. We don’t want to cut anybody. We don’t want to cut anybody that’s going to come back and beat us on another football team eventually. A lot of excitement, a lot to be done.
Indeed, there is excitement in the air as this will mark the first offseason workouts since the 49ers restocked their roster through free agency and the draft. For the rookies, the focus of the three-day workouts will be getting assimilated with playing in the NFL.
Not a lot of news will come out of the minicamp; however, one player to keep an eye is defensive lineman and former Olympic discus thrower Lawrence Okoye. He is trying to make the 49ers roster despite never playing a down of football professionally, in college or high school. He did have a promising career as a junior rugby union player before he started training full-time as a discus thrower.
On Friday and Saturday, the rookies will hit the field at 3:00 p.m. PST, with camp ending on Sunday.
Here is a full list of rookies at the minicamp:
Drafted Rookies Attending:
S Eric Reid, DE Cornellius Tank Carradine, TE Vance McDonald, RB Marcus Lattimore, DL Quinton Dial, LB Nick Moody, QB B.J. Daniels, OT Carter Bykowski, CB Marcus Cooper.
Undrafted Rookies Attending:
QB Nate Montana, DL Lawrence Okoye, LS Kevin McDermott CB Darryl Morris, CB Lowell Rose, C Sherman Carter, RB D.J. Harper, FB Alex Debniak, HB MarQueis Gray, WR Chuck Jacobs, OT Luke Marquardt, G Patrick Omameh, NT Mike Purcell, TE Jason Schepler, WR Greg Wilson.