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Jenkins needs to buy a new door

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--Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who didn't expect to go in the first round, thought his family in Florida was joking when his cell phone starting ringing. His cousin noticed it was from the 408 area code and kicked in the door to the bathroom so Jenkins could answer the phone. "The first thing I'm going to do (after signing his deal) is buy my mom a new door," he said.

--Coach Jim Harbaugh, who had trouble beating LaMichael James and his Oregon Ducks when he coached at Stanford, was in no mood to entertain doubts about James's smallish stature, or whether James' selection was a commentary on starter Frank Gore.

"There's no need for me to stand up here and defend the pick of LaMichael James. You asked a question, 'is it an indictment against Frank Gore?' My God no."

--James was arrested in high school and college for assault. The earlier charges were dropped, but James had to serve jail time and 24 months probation for the second charge. He was also investigated twice for NCAA violations. But according to the 49ers, James and his character checked out. "His reputation as a person and as a football player, is very near impeccable," Harbaugh said.

--Center Jason Slowey from Western Oregon made huge strength gains when he was in college, particularly on the bench press at 225 pounds. "We did the 225 tests the first day I got here and I only did, I think, three reps. Then my pro day I did 38 reps. I've done more. The most I've ever done in 225 was 45," Slowey said.

--The 49ers signed several former Stanford players as rookie free agents including wide receiver Chris Owusu. He ran a 4.36 40-yard dash time at the combine, but sustained two concussions in three weeks and missed his final four games. The team also signed defensive end Matt Masifulu and safety Michael Taylor. "Scouts and coaches have done a good job with the recruiting process, that this is a place (recruits) would like to be," general manager Trent Baalke said. "When the list comes out, you'll be surprised by some names."

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