49ers Undrafted Free Agent Signings: Do You Believe In Miracles?

Editor's Update 8:27am: Indeed Gary Guyton has officially signed with the Patriots, so I changed the poll and crossed out his info.

First off, big thanks to Saint from Silver and Black Pride for the FanPost with the undrafted free agents signed by the 49ers.  Who says 49ers fans and Raiders fans can't get along?  Well I suppose in the offseason it's easier.  But big thanks nonetheless.

And maybe calling it miracles is a bit overdone.  Plenty of undrafted free agents have made a name for themselves in the NFL and I'm certainly rooting for these guys.  We all want to see the 49ers sign the next Tony Romo, Kurt Warner or Priest Holmes.  While the odds are quite slim, it's still worth checking out who we signed and what kind of impact they might make.  Additionally, I know people have mentioned how they have heard stuff about certain guys, so I want this to be considered a sort of open thread/link dump for info on the undrafted free agents the 49ers appear to have signed.

Robert Jordan, WR, California - Obviously many folks around here are fans of the Golden Bears.  Jordan was wildly overshadowed by Desean Jackson and Lavelle Hawkins.  If Jackson was the sizzle and Hawkins was the steak of the Cal receiving corp, Jordan would be the mashed potatoes (not sure how that analogy works, but whatever).  He had a consistent but quiet regular before exploding for 6 catches, 148 yards and a touchdown in Cal's Armed Forces Bowl victory.  He had a better senior season and career than Josh Morgan AND he hasn't been taken down with pepper spray.  Morgan is a bigger guy, but I'm gonna go on record as saying Jordan makes the team and Morgan does not.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
12 47 689 0 14.7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Gary Guyton, OLB, Georgia Tech - Guyton's intriguing because he was projected to actually get drafted somewhere between Round 4-6.   I've checked out some mock drafts and reviews and the general consensus is that he looks to be a super special teams guy, with the upside of being a contributing every down linebacker.   Scout's Inc ranked him 14th among outside linebackers and says:

While he wowed front offices with his impressive combine, it's clear on film that Guyton needs to develop a mean streak and work on his man-to-man cover skills. That said, numbers don't like and there's no question he's got a great deal of upside because of his blend of size, speed and athletic ability. At the very least Guyton projects as an excellent special teams' player and at best he emerges as a productive every-down outside linebacker.

He sounds like Larry Grant but with more every down upside.  Assuming Guyton and Grant both make it to training camp and the preseason, we could see a very interesting battle between them.

Ezra Butler, OLB, Nevada - Like Guyton, Butler was projected to be drafted as well, but for some reason or another, teams passed on him.  Any info would certainly be appreciated by everyone.  Apparently he was suspended for the Wolfpack season opener for "rules violations."  Scout's Inc ranked him 18th among outside linebackers and said:

Butler doesn't have great cover skills and he needs to work on his technique but he has the size, burst and toughness to develop into an effective reserve or adequate starter in a 3-4 scheme so he projects as a mid-to-late round pick.

Throw him in with Guyton and Grant and we might have some decent competition for OLB depth.  I don't see why 2 of the 3 can't make the team.

This is going a little longer than I thought, so the remaining guys are going to be discussed after the jump.

 

 

Joe Jon Finley, TE, Oklahoma - Boomer Sooner anybody?  Scout's Inc ranked him 12th among tight ends and a possible 5th or 6th round pick:

Finley isn't a dominant drive blocker or an explosive receiver and his lack of overall strength may make him a better fit for a team that uses H-Backs. However, he's a tenacious drive blocker and adequate short-to-intermediate receiver so he projects as a late fifth or early sixth round pick.

While it sounds like Finley is a pretty solid talent coming out of college, he also has to deal with competing with Vernon Davis, Billy Bajema and Delanie Walker.  Needless to say, I'm not holding my breath to see him on the roster.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
13 23 290 0 12.6 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Louis Holmes, DE, Arizona - A little research told me that Holmes entered Arizona as the nation's top junior college player but never lived up to his potential in spite of impressive size.  And it sounds like he's our SECOND player to get pepper sprayed in college just prior to being arrested for the second time in two years (the pepper spray was a random guy, not the cops). AWE-SOME.  Surprisingly, Scout's Inc does not include a notation for character issues:

Holmes has the frame, tenacity and upper body strength to provide adequate depth in the NFL. However, his technique needs work and his upside is limited by his lack of initial quickness as well as poor closing speed. In addition, questions still linger about his 2007 arrest and whether or not it was an uncharacteristic mistake so Holmes projects as a seventh round pick.

I'd like to see him make the team just to see what he can do to get arrested for a 3rd time.  Apparently one of his arrests surrounded an incident where he knocked out an Arizona State player (and not on the field of play).  That's taking the rivalry seriously.

 

Brian De La Puente, OL, California - Ok, I'm struggling finding information about De La Puente.  Any Cal fans out there with info on him?

Cameron Colvin, WR, Oregon - He appeared in 5 games this season (missed the last 7 games) and showed up at the 49ers Pro Day 10 days ago.  Not seeing much else out there so feel free to contribute any knowledge.


Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
5 20 248 0 12.4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

I think that's everybody but I'm sure others will get signed between now and training camp.  Feel free to vote on who you think has the best chance of making the regular season roster.

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