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49ers claim DE Xavier Cooper off waivers

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The Sunday waiver deadline has passed, and the San Francisco 49ers have made at least one move. NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero tweeted the 49ers successfully claimed defensive end Xavier Cooper from the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns originally drafted him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Cooper measured in at the 2015 Combine at 6’3, 293 pounds. They had this to say about him at the time of the draft.

Cooper must play in a penetrating defensive front in order to minimize his lack of length and maximize his above-average athleticism. He lacks the power to muscle up and hold his ground, but his ability to win with his hands and be a disruptive pass rusher could offer him immediate value as a rotational defensive tackle with a shot to become a starter.

The 49ers are looking for rotational options, and with Ronald Blair headed to IR, the move makes sense.

The 49ers cut down to their 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, but every year, that is really just an initial cut. Every team cut down from 90 to 53 at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, putting over 1,100 players on the market. Vested veterans immediately became free agents, while players with fewer than four accrued seasons are subject to waivers. All 31 other teams can place a claim on a released player, and the team with the highest priority gets him. The 49ers sit at the No. 2 priority until the end of Week 3.