San Francisco's 2014 draft class has made quite the impact in training camp. Let's share a progress report on where the rookies stand days before the team's preseason opener on Aug. 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.
First-round pick DB
The 30th overall section in this year's NFL Draft had one of the best debuts from a rookie I've ever seen. I'd say it was the best. Ward intercepted a tipped
Second-round pick RB
The 57th overall selection was expected to compete for playing time behind
The 70th overall selection started camp on the Non-Football Injury List. On Sunday, however, Martin made his practice debut. He lined up at times with the second-team offense and did well against nose tackle
Third-round pick LB
The 77th overall selection has been mixing in the with second-team defense at inside linebacker. Borland hasn't closed the gap with
Third-round pick G
The 100th overall selection is on the team's NFI List and is not expected to play in camp. Thomas suffered a torn ACL while working out for the New Orleans Saints prior to the draft. The Clemson product will learn from 49ers veterans this year and travel with the team on the road.
The 106th overall selection had a busy day on Sunday. Ellington hauled in a pair of touchdown passes, including a 40-yard bomb from Johnson. Ellington has thrown his hat into the punt and kick return competition as well. Ellington entered camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, but he's since been activated to join practice and he's been a consistent play-maker on offense. Ellington will be a player to watch in the second half of preseason games, both on offense and special teams.
Fourth-round pick CB
The 129th overall selection has been ascending throughout camp. Every single practice, No. 36 will record a pass breakup. His most recent interception ended Friday night's camp session to the delight of his veteran teammates. Johnson has lined up at left cornerback with the second-team defense. He's also been a thorn in the side of many veteran receivers. Johnson has not backed down from the challenge of facing experienced receivers like
Fifth-round pick LB
The 150th overall selection made his practice debut on Sunday. Lynch was activated off the PUP List last week, but he had a steady buildup to his first practice. Lynch played both right and left outside linebacker in team periods. He broke up a wheel route 30 yards down the field and knocked back tight end Vance McDonald in 1-on-1 blocking drills.
Fifth-round pick CB
The 170th overall selection is on the team's NFI List and will likely be there throughout camp. Reaser underwent two offseason surgeries to repair a torn ACL. Reaser will likely be given a redshirt year, much like
The 180th overall selection has been steady throughout camp. Acker received a few second-team reps at right cornerback on Sunday. He hasn't recorded an interception in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 periods, but he has looked confident as he competes against a deep group of receivers in 1-on-1 drills. Acker gave up a deep ball to Boldin on Sunday, but rebounded on the next play to defend another deep throw down the right sideline.
Seventh-round pick DT
The 243rd overall selection has been on the PUP List all camp with an undisclosed injury. Ramsey has been watching practices after finishing his rehab work with the strength and conditioning coaches.
Seventh-round pick FB