2011 NFL Draft Results: 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh And Stanford

SOUTH BEND IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal jumps to greet Owen Marecic #48 after Marecic intercepted a pass for a touchdown against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25 2010 in South Bend Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

As the 2011 NFL Draft moved along last weekend, I think most of us figured 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh would draft at least one guy from Stanford. In the post-draft press conference, Coach Harbaugh indicated the team had wanted to grab Owen Marecic but the situation never completely presented itself. Instead, the closest the 49ers came to drafting somebody even from the Bay Area was Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick.

Here is a rundown of the Stanford guys picked in the 2011 NFL Draft:

Sion Fua, DT -  Round 3, Pick 97
Owen Marecic, FB - Rd 4, Pk 124
Richard Sherman, DB - Rd 5, Pk 154
Ryan Whalen, WR - Rd 6, Pk 167

I wouldn't be surprised if the 49ers brought in some Stanford guys as undrafted free agents. After the jump I've posted a quick rundown of the Stanford players drafted and those still remaining as undrafted free agents.

In looking at the positions of the four players drafted, the only position the 49ers didn't address was defensive tackle. The 49ers have Ricky Jean-Francois under contract, are likely going to try and work out a long term contract with Aubrayo Franklin, and also have Isaac Sopoaga as an emergency fill-in. My guess is that the team was sufficiently happy at the nose tackle position and viewed Fua as too much of a luxury.

The team wanted Marecic but it just didn't happen. It's a shame as the team tries to figure out its long-term answer at fullback, but sometimes things just don't work out the way you want. Let's hope Bruce Miller figures out the fullback position, or the team finds an answer in free agency.

I think a lot of folks here were interested in Richard Sherman, but in seeing him mocked out, Sherman was going in the sixth and seventh rounds. After the 49ers grabbed Culliver in the third round, they grabbed safety Colin Jones in the sixth round and Curtis Holcomb in the seventh round. I find myself thinking that if Sherman had dropped into the sixth round, the 49ers would have pulled the trigger on him. It's pure speculation on my part, but it's what I'm thinking for now.

As for Whalen, I think once the 49ers grabbed Ronald Johnson in the fifth they felt they had done what they needed for the wide receiver position in this draft. It's not much more complicated than that in my head.

I don't know if that sufficiently answers this question for folks. And maybe some people weren't really concerned one way or the other about it. I was a little surprised, but in looking at each position, I suppose it's not really a big shocker. Do any of the available Stanford Cardinal football players jump out to folks as worthwhile undrafted free agents?

Stanford
ALL PLAYERS RD PK(OVR) DRAFTED BY POS HT WT GRADE POS OVR
Owen Marecic 4 27(124) Cleveland Browns FB 6'0½" 248 51 3 187
Ryan Whalen 6 2(167) Cincinnati Bengals WR 6'1⅛" 202 45 27 215
Sione Fua 3 33(97) Carolina Panthers DT 6'1½" 308 35 22 274
Chase Beeler OC 6'2½" 273 30 12  
Nate Whitaker PK 5'8½" 187 30 17  
Konrad Reuland TE 6'4½" 258 30 27  
Thomas Keiser OLB 6'5" 257 30 34  
Richard Sherman 5 23(154) Seattle Seahawks CB 6'2⅝" 195 30 38  
Derek Hall OT 6'4¾" 306 30 38  
Andrew Phillips OG 6'3½" 303 30 53  
Chike Amajoyi OLB 5'11" 233 30 69  
Doug Baldwin WR 5'9¾" 192 30 109  
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