The San Francisco 49ers undrafted free agents definitely have some potential. The biggest steal of the seven was Shayne Skov, ILB from Stanford. The other six are Morgan Breslin, LB, USC; Dillon Farrell, C, New Mexico; Kory Faulkner, QB, Southern Illinois; Fouimalo Fonoti, OL, Michigan State; James McCray, S, Catawba College; and Asante Cleveland, TE, Miami (FL). To make room for all of these signings the 49ers waived three players, Darius Fleming, LB; DeMarco Sampson, WR; and Dax Swanson, CB.
Though Skov is the headliner–and the first rookie Stanford player this author can remember Jim Harbaugh coaching in the NFL–some other positional players hold promise as well. Harbaugh is really, really high on Kory Faulkner, having been impressed with him while at a regional pro day hosted by Northwestern. Hopefully Faulkner will not be playing too much, however. Cleveland, too, has had some impressive moments at Miami, but he was incredibly underutilized by the coaching staff there. A couple of years behind one of the best tight ends in the game should help him learn how to be more effective.
Breslin, too, could end up being a diamond in the rough. After a fantastic campaign in 2012, leading to second-team All-Pac 12 recognition, Breslin suffered from injuries and a hip surgery to end up with a dampened draft stock. Fortunately for Breslin, he seems likely to collect up to $1 million in insurance money thanks to a policy he took out before his final season with the USC Trojans.
Farrell and Fonoti were consistent starters at D-1 programs, with Fonoti getting All-Big 10 honorable mention.McCray was All-Conference for two straight seasons before going pro. The biggest knock 0n him is that Catawba College is D-II. Depending on how he adjusts, the 49ers could again have something special.
Of course, the odds are heavily stacked against any of these players becoming more than bottom of the roster backups. There are always some UFAs, however, that make it onto NFL teams and become solid contributors, if not more. The 49ers picked up a bunch with potential, and it will be interesting to see where that potential leads.