San Francisco 49ers

Stadium: Levi's Stadium | Coach: Kyle Shanahan
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense32nd105.0 (16th)127.5 (31st)
Defense10th123.5 (24th)176.0 (7th)

49ers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel · Inside slant

--Former Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who has entered the supplemental draft after being dismissed by Cavaliers coach Al Groh, is gaining plenty of attention from the 49ers.

Coach Mike Nolan was the only NFL head coach to attend Brooks' workout June 22 in Charlottesville, Va. On June 28, the 49ers are scheduled to fly Brooks to the 49ers' team facility in Santa Clara, Calif.

Niners vice president of player personnel Scot McCloughan said there are some "interesting guys" in this year's July 13 supplemental draft. McCloughan has already scouted Iowa State defensive end Jason Berryman.

When asked if the 49ers are expecting to take somebody in the draft, Nolan answered, "Do we expect to? No. But we're always investigating. We're interested in all of them."

If the 49ers select Brooks with their first pick, they would forfeit a first-round selection in the 2007 draft. Brooks is expected to be chosen in the first round.

--Quarterback Alex Smith took a beating last season in his seven starts, as he was sacked 29 times while attempting just 165 passes. Among the improvements he sees from a year ago is the offensive line.

The 49ers added guard Larry Allen through free agency. If Jeremy Newberry is healthy, the 49ers will have pretty good depth. Last year, Kwame Harris, Adam Snyder, Eric Heitmann, David Baas and Justin Smiley each saw considerable action. This season, three of those players could begin the season as reserves.

"Last year we were five deep and we had a couple injuries, and we were signing guys to play," Smith said. "That's not going to happen. We have seven or eight guys with experience."

--Linebacker Brandon Moore will take part as a judge June 27 at a San Francisco firehouse recipe cook-off, featuring three fire fighters at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.

--Former 49ers center Frank Morze died May 28 after a long battle with heart disease. Morze was 73. Morze was a second-round draft pick (No. 21 overall) of the 49ers in 1955 from Boston College. He was the team's primarily starting center for five seasons.

"I don't put too much stock in OTAs, as far as where we really are. They don't have pads on. (But) when you don't see the ball on the ground, and that we're lining up right, and communicating, and doing all the right things and being where they need to be, it leads you to believe we've gotten better" - 49ers coach Mike Nolan.

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