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San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th124.8 (7th)218.0 (23rd)
Defense4th88.6 (6th)220.2 (4th)

49ers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel · Inside slant
 

--The 49ers won the coin flip with the Raiders and will pick No. 6 overall. The Raiders will select seventh. Additionally, the 49ers will pick fifth in the second round, fourth in the third round and third in the fourth round.

"Winning the coin toss gives us a great opportunity to focus on getting the best possible player at any position to help our team," 49ers vice president of player personnel Scot McCloughan said. "It puts us one slot ahead of where we might have been and we can take a player we have our eye on."

Said coach Mike Nolan: "This puts us in even a better light in the second and future rounds which is very important," Nolan said. "It gives us a better spot to find more quality football players."

McCloughan called tails in the coin toss to give the 49ers the victory.

"Scot continues to show he has more talent every day," Nolan quipped. "He is more than just a personnel guy."

--Nolan coached Ray Lewis and Ed Reed with the Ravens, and he does not put 49ers linebacker Julian Peterson in the same category. That would explain why the 49ers opted not to name Peterson as the club's franchise player, a tag that would have carried an $8.7 million salary.

"When it comes to the cap, you have to put a value on a player and how he affects your football team from a win-loss standpoint," Nolan said. "I've been fortunate to be around some players that I felt were truly franchise players and affect the entire football team - Ray Lewis, for example, Ed Reed, people like that, or even a Jamal Lewis at Baltimore. Some players command that cap value more than others. And so that's part of it."

--The 49ers would like to add a veteran quarterback to the mix to help youngster Alex Smith. The team appears on the verge of signing Jesse Palmer, but that's not quite what Nolan has in mind.

"He is a good guy that has some talent," Nolan said. "He doesn't have the pelts on the wall that you would like him to have in terms of experience, but if he can make you better, you keep him around."

--The 49ers have fired head athletic trainer Todd Lazenby, a move made partly because of the team's troubles the last couple seasons in getting injured players rehabilitated in a timely fashion, Nolan said. The 49ers finished the season with 11 players on injured reserve. Lazenby served three seasons as the head trainer.

"Over the course of time, and prior to me even getting to the club, there've been some issues with injuries and getting guys back on the field," Nolan said. "I don't put all the blame on our trainer because some of it has to do with every facet of the team, (such as) the players you bring in, the way they're treated when they're there, and the way practices are structured."

Nolan has received permission to interview assistant trainers Scott Trulock (Broncos) and Byron Hansen (Giants) for the opening. Jeff Ferguson, who is in private practice, is also a candidate.

--Nolan said he can tell a lot about a draft-eligible player's competitive nature if he decides to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"A great example is Tedy Bruschi," Nolan said. "When he came here, he was too short, too slow, too a lot of things. I followed his group around and every drill he did, he was berserko about being first.

"He wanted to do every drill. You only do the vertical jump twice, and I think he wanted to do it four times so he could beat the guy who was already No. 1. That told me a lot about him. That told me this guy is going to be a player. What position? I don't know, but he's going to be a player because of that competitive spirit."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I do put stock in the workout from a competitive standpoint. Plus, you get to see them. You can't take a guy just because of the combine or shoo him off the board because of the combine. It's just a piece of the puzzle." - 49ers coach Mike Nolan on the importance of the combine.

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