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49ers rookies injury report: What can we expect from the draft picks going into 2015 training camp?

Rookies report to camp on Monday, a few days before veterans report. We look at pre-NFL injuries of the 2015 draft class, and examine how they are likely to be classified going into training camp.

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One last weekend before training camp! San Francisco 49ers rookies report to training camp on Monday, which means football is right around the corner. Veterans report Friday July 31, and the first full squad practice is Saturday August 1, so the first few days next week should be relatively quiet for the rookies.

The first day for rookies will include physicals and beginning their meetings with the coaching staff. The physicals are particularly important because of the injury lists. On Thursday, socalisteph broke down how the NFI and PUP lists operate. If the 49ers are going to use either list, they must place the players on said lists before the first practice of training camp. Once a player practices in camp, he is not eligible to join the list.

One thing I am not sure of is if that means rookies have to be placed on the list Monday, or if they have until prior to the August 1 practice.

The 49ers have DeAndre Smelter recovering from his 2014 ACL tear, but for the most part this class of rookies is fairly healthy. Smelter appears to be the only red shirt candidate in the draft class. That being said, the 49ers went through an extensive process evaluating the injury background of each player. The last two years we've broken down the injury status of the 49ers entire draft class, and we're back with it again. Today, we'll take a look at the 49ers various draft picks, and later this weekend or Monday we'll break down the 49ers undrafted free agent additions.

Arik Armstead, Defensive Line

Armstead suffered a left ankle injury his final year at Oregon. The injury cost him two games, and parts of two others in the middle of the season. Those appear to be the only injuries of note during his college career. In 2013, he appeared in all 13 games and made five starts. In 2012, he was one of four true freshmen to receive playing time in all 13 games.

Armstead missed the entire offseason workout program, aside from rookie minicamp, due to Oregon's quarter system. Although he was finished with classes and not dealing with graduation, Armstead was forced to remain away from the 49ers until June 12. He spent his time working out in Sacramento. I believe he had access to practice film on an iPad, but I'm not certain of that. He could work at the 49ers facility the last six weeks, but could not do work with coaches, specifically.

Jaquiski Tartt, Safety

The 49ers surprised a lot of people going after a small school safety. Tartt spent his time at Samford, and generally remained healthy. It likely helps that he is a well-built guy, able to take some of the bigger hits. Tartt missed one game in 2013 with what appears to have been a shoulder injury. ESPN's Scouts Inc also says he suffered a deep shoulder bruise in 2010, but that was a redshirt season, so I am not sure what they mean. In 2011, Tartt played all 11 games on Samford's schedule.

Tartt ended up at Samford, and not an FBS school, because he did not start playing football until after his junior year of high school. He went to the same high school as Jimmie Ward, and the two of them were friends. Apparently Ward and other friends convinced him to try football. Tartt was big enough to compete in high school basketball, but as his friends told him, how many 6'2 power forwards are there in the NBA? It was well past time to really get in the recruiting game, and he ended up at Samford.

Eli Harold, Outside Linebacker

Health has been a strength for Harold. In three seasons at Virginia, Harold appeared in all 36 games, and started 24 straight games his sophomore and junior seasons before turning pro. The NFL brings a whole other level of physicality, but it is good to see a healthy player coming out of college.

Blake Bell, Tight End

The man nicknamed the Belldozer has dealt with his share of injuries during his college career. He never suffered a major injury, but various injuries cost him a few games over the years. This past season, he suffered a sprained knee against Texas Tech, which cost him the next week's game against Kansas. During 2014 spring practice, he also dealt with a sprained knee, missing a portion of the practice session. In 2013, he suffered a concussion against Iowa State, and that cost him a game Kansas State, and the Sugar Bowl following the season. Bell played between those two games, coming off the bench against Oklahoma State.

Bell did not play in the Sugar Bowl in part because Trevor Knight emerged at quarterback. Knight's rise led to Bell's decision to switch to tight end. This proved fortuitous, as he was able to develop into a draft-able prospect at the position. It remains to be seen what kind of role he will play in his rookie season, but all indications are that he is healthy and good to go.

Mike Davis, Running Back

Davis has avoided major injuries, but he has dealt with a variety of nagging injuries the last two seasons. In 2013, he dealt with injuries to his ankle, ribs and shoulder. He injured his shoulder and ribs against Mississippi State, and the ankle injury was mixed in as well. He eventually was appearing on the injury report with "assorted" listed under injuries. He sat one game when South Carolina blew out Coastal Carolina, but played in the remaining 12 games.

Heading into the 2014 season, Davis proceeded to suffer a hamstring injury in training camp. According to various reports, he missed much of training camp, and the injury nagged throughout the season. He reportedlty was overweight and out of shape coming into the 2014 season, but one has to wonder how much of that was due primarily to the various injuries.

There had been talk he might be one of the better running backs in the draft, but his injuries resulted in a drop to the fourth round. He will come into San Francisco looking to build a role initially as a complementary back. Ideally that helps with his durability. He seems like a sufficiently "tough" running back, given his play through the injuries, but he'll need to hold up to be a contributor.

DeAndre Smelter, Wide Receiver

And here is the 2015 red shirt candidate! Smelter suffered a torn ACL on November 29 against Georgia. It was a basic ACL tear, and there is no indication of complications at this point. All expectations are that he starts training camp on the NFI list. Trent Baalke hinted he could be ready to join the team at some point this season, but I have to think the 49ers play it safe with Smelter. Smelter did say during his post-draft press conference that he has never run a 40, but guessed he was in the 4.4 range. Personally, I'd have made up some ridiculous number (although 4.4 would be ridiculous for me).

Back in 2012, Smelter also had shoulder surgery. He used to be a baseball pitcher for Georgia Tech, but he suffered a shoulder injury. He tried to work through it, but he lost velocity and movement, and decided to have the surgery. That marked the end of his baseball career. It appears there has been no further issues with the shoulder.

Bradley Pinion, Punter

Thankfully the 49ers new punter has managed to avoid injuring himself during his college career. Andy Lee dealt with some ailments at times during his time with the 49ers, but it was never anything significant.

Ian Silberman, Offensive Line

He started all 13 games at right tackle during his year at Boston College. Prior to that he played at Florida. Silberman appeared in 20 games with seven starts over his three seasons with the team. It sounds like he was primarily limited by shoulder issues in 2012. He missed 2012 spring practice following surgery to correct a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He played in eight games during the season, but then saw his season end following what sounds like additional shoulder surgery. It sounds like he was fairly limited in 2013, but did get into action fairly regularly. He graduated after that season, but eligibility rules allowed him to transfer to Boston College for one more season.

Trenton Brown, Offensive Line

The 49ers mammoth offensive line addition missed a game in 2014 with a bone bruise. Other than that, he has avoided injuries during his career. The bigger question for Brown is how he will hold up with his weight. He weighed in at 355 pounds at the Combine, and told 49ers media that part of the reason for his significant weight was he was not eating particularly well.

Upon joining the 49ers, he got a nutrition and strength and conditioning plan. If he can maintain a solid weight, he's got the arm length and strength to develop into a very intriguing prospect. He has the build of a tackle, so we'll see if he gets a chance to unseat Erik Pears at the right tackle position.

Busta Anderson, Tight end

Anderson dealt with repeated triceps injuries during his college career, and this will be something to track in training camp and beyond. Anderson was healthy through his freshman and sophomore seasons. In his junior year, he suffered a hamstring injury that cost him the season opener, but otherwise remained healthy. Then 2014 arrived.

Anderson suffered a torn right triceps muscle during 2014 spring drills. He was limited in fall camp, but was able to play in the season opener. He did not play in Week 2 against East Carolina, but returned in Week 3 against Georgia. On October 18, he suffered a left triceps strain, and missed the next two games against Auburn and Tennessee. He returned against Florida, missed a game against South Alabama, and then tore the triceps the following week in the regular season finale against Clemson. He underwent surgery and missed the team's bowl game.

I don't know why he suffered repeated triceps injuries, but it will be something to keep an eye on. When the 49ers drafted him, I initially thought he might be an NFI candidate. However, it sounds like he took part in OTAs and minicamp to some degree. This would make him ineligible for the NFI list. If he suffered an injury after the offseason workout program but before training camp, it would be possible. But barring any other news, he should be healthy for the start of training camp.