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Morning Tailgate: Homegrown 49ers visit KC

Posted Aug 16, 2013

San Francisco brings a roster mostly comprising starters drafted and developed in-house to Kansas City.

Yes, the 49ers are bringing big Glenn Dorsey with them to Kansas City. The ex-Chiefs defensive lineman, acquired via free agency, has expressed a desire to play well against his last employer come the 5 p.m. PT kickoff on Friday night.

Dorsey’s reunion, however, brings to mind the amount of 49ers who are homegrown – that is, drafted on the stage in New York and developed on the practice fields in Santa Clara before making their way to San Francisco. A quick look at the team’s always-in-progress depth chart shows the success of past and current front office regimes.


Nine of the 11 starters on offense, for example, are homegrown. Only receiver Anquan Boldin, last with the Baltimore Ravens, and Jonathan Goodwin, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, were established veterans when they were brought west.

The defense also shows the 49ers scouting and talent development chops. Six of the 11 expected first-teamers have only played for one team. This group includes Ian Williams, Dorsey’s main competition for time at the nose tackle position, but not the likes of linebacker Ahmad Brooks and safety C.J. Spillman, who hit their stride with the 49ers.

Two members of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's unit are homegrown in another light: Justin Smith, signed away from the Cincinnati Bengals following the 2007 season, is a native of Jefferson City, Mo. Plus, Aldon Smith, San Francisco's 2011 first-round draft pick, hails from Raytown, Mo. Both attended the University of Missouri.

"I'll be excited to just be back in Kansas City and playing football," Aldson Smith said this week. "I'll have a couple people out there."

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee featured Dorsey, formerly the fifth overall draft pick in his class.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle opined that wideout A.J. Jenkins just might be a late bloomer.

Nate Stuhlbarg of CSNBayArea.com has all the bases covered on Colin Kaepernick’s GQ debut.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com wonders aloud what makes Kaepernick tick.

49ers.com created a Top 20 list of the best training camp moments at the podium.







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