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San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Jim Harbaugh
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th125.1 (10th)232.3 (20th)
Defense2nd84.9 (4th)221.1 (8th)

49ers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Inside slant · Strategy and personnel
 

--Outside linebacker Manny Lawson said he was living in a dream world on Sunday, one day after the 49ers selected him with the No. 22 overall pick.

"Coach (Mike) Singletary just took me outside and he had me going through some linebacker drills in my suit out there in the hot sun," Lawson said.

Nobody in the room doubted the story because of Singletary's intense nature, until Lawson cracked, "Just kidding."

--The 49ers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with safety Chad Williams, who played for coach Mike Nolan when Nolan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator. Williams is scheduled to undergo a physical Monday before signing with the 49ers.

Nolan generally likes bigger players, but he liked what the 5-foot-9, 207-pound Willams brought to the table.

"We used to call him `Pound for Pound', because he was our best football player pound for pound," Nolan said.

--The 49ers are hoping they do not pay for USC quarterback Matt Leinart slipping to No. 10 overall, where he was chosen by the Cardinals, an NFC West opponent.

"It's a little surprising," Nolan said. "I think somebody will get a good player, as has been evident over the years. What makes me a little nervous is that sometimes when a guy drops, he usually has something to prove.

"I hope he doesn't have anything to prove."

--Davis has drawn comparisons to Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez, mostly because those are the two best pass-catching tight ends in the NFL. But Nolan has a more difficult time comparing him.

"I don't have anyone personally I can compare him to that I've seen in the past because he's very unique," Nolan said. "I mean, if you had his body, you would throw yours away."

--Tennessee OLB Parys Haralson was pacing in his room, wondering what his future held for him after he went all day Saturday without being selected in the NFL draft. As he was walking back and forth, he stepped on his cell phone, destroying the main line by which NFL teams could contact him.

He and his girlfriend went to the nearest Nextel store in Knoxville, Tenn., to get a new phone on Sunday. It was during that time that the 49ers decided to select Haralson in the fifth round. Luckily, Haralson had given all teams his girlfriend's number as a backup.

--TE Vernon Davis and Lawson immediately become the two fastest players on the team -- a distinction usually reserved for wide receivers or cornerbacks. Davis ran a 4.38 at the combine, while Lawson checked in with a time of 4.43.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I do believe in a team sport that you need to surround your best players with more good players. I believe Alex is going to be one of our best players. But he's not going to be expected to take us there. A guy like Vernon Davis helps Alex do his job better and helps us be more successful on offense." -- Mike Nolan on what the addition of Vernon Davis will do for QB Alex Smith and the offense

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