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Golden Nuggets: 49ers sign three draft picks, six more to go

Saturday, May 17, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

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Good morning everyone. The first few weeks after the draft offer more of the same down time we had immediately before the draft. Rookie draft picks are signing deals and beginning to work out at the team facility. Yesterday, the 49ers signed Carlos Hyde, Dontae Johnson, and Kenneth Acker to deals. This leaves Jimmie Ward, Marcus Martin, Chris Borland, Brandon Thomas, Bruce Ellington, and Trey Millard left unsigned. I expect most of these to get done relatively soon, and I guess we can thank the new CBA for the lack of Crabtree-esque holdouts.

The other piece of news from yesterday was Aldon Smith talking to Matt Maiocco about his recent legal trouble. He believes that only one side of the story has been reported, and notes that anyone that knows him can attest to the fact that he is a good person. According to Aldon, if was a thug, the 49ers wouldn't have picked up his option. I both agree and disagree with Aldon on that last one. I don't think he is a thug, I think he has both poor judgement and bad luck, but a thug he is not. But the 49ers were always going to pick up his option. Because even if it turns out he is guilty of everything he has been accused of, the 49ers can get out of the option. Aldon isn't my favorite person on the 49ers, I'm not a fan of drunk drivers in general. But I think for the good of our collective sanity, we would be better off making a clear distinction between the members of the 49ers as people and players, coaches, executives, etc. Now lets get to those links.

Exclusive: Aldon Smith eager for truth to emerge (Maiocco)

Report: 49ers sign Carlos Hyde and Dontae Johnson (Gin)

Report: 49ers sign CB Kenneth Acker, six draft picks remain unsigned (Gin)

Veteran WRs in battle for 49ers roster spots (Maiocco)

Getting to know 49ers' UDFAs (ESPN)

49ers' Borland armed for successful NFL career (Maiocco)

Chris Borland: The short, slow, short-armed ‘baller’ (Branch)

Stevie Johnson hasn't forgotten drop vs. Steelers, says it changed approach to the game (Barrows)

How Jim Harbaugh, 49ers Found Undrafted Free Agent QB Kory Faulkner (49ers)

The 49ers Rookie who Sacked Colin Kaepernick (49ers)