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1. Hyde from Borland
When the 49ers spent second- and third-round NFL Draft picks last weekend, the team drafted enemies. Ohio State running back
Now they're teammates in San Francisco.
"He was an all-around player," said Borland, who hasn't relived recent history with Hyde quite yet. "We had seen him earlier in his career (at OSU) and he was a little heavier, more of a bruising back. I know he shed some pounds before this past season, but he is a complete all-around back without any flaws really."
>>NFL Media's Bucky Brooks called Hyde the best draft pick by any NFC West team, which is certainly saying something.
>>In case you missed it, here's Hyde's Ohio State career in pictures.
2. Fullback Upright
Hyde carried the ball 523 times in four Big Ten seasons. Another new teammate, fullback
3. A Second Chance
"Alex (Smith) was the starter then," Johnson, who has averaged 6.2 yards per rush in four pro seasons, said Thursday. "Kap is the starter now. Kap is an athletic quarterback. I’m an athletic quarterback as well.
"Once I talked to coach, he said they do things now that fit my skill set a little bit more. When I was here last time the whole athletic-quarterback deal wasn’t as big as it now. It’s kind of like a different opportunity, a better opportunity."
4. Around the League
>>The Bengals are working toward a long-term contract extension for linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the NFL's leading tackler in 2013, before he becomes a restricted free agent in '15.
>>The Cleveland Browns were motivated to move up and draft quarterback Johnny Manziel, at least in part, by Manziel's text message to quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains. Manziel wrote, "Hurry up and draft me." We wish we had Loggains phone number, too.
>>Lastly, a 49ers fan with Photoshop chops was re-tweeted by her favorite and appropriately nicknamed wide receiver.