Nine of the teams 2016 draft picks and 12 undrafted free agents have signed their rookie contract.
The San Francisco 49ers have announced that nine of their 11 draft picks are now under contract as well as 12 undrafted free agents. Six of those rookies met with the media this week to discuss their first impressions of the 49ers organization, their strengths as players and much more.
Here are the best quotes from the week.QB Jeff Driskel (6th Round, Louisiana Tech)*
On Chip Kelly's offense:*
"I think it's an explosive offense for explosive players. I look forward to getting into it, learning it and competing every day."
On transferring from Florida to Louisiana Tech:
"I think going through some tough times helped me as a player and as a person. I'm kind of battle tested in that respect. I learned how to handle when times aren't always going great. In the NFL, that's going to happen. I've proven that I can respond from that and move forward.
RB Kelvin Taylor (6th Round, Florida)*
On the advice he's gotten from his father, former NFL running back Fred Taylor:*
"Patience. Trust the hole and trust the play. Just go out there and have fun. You're a natural runner, and you were born to do this. Go out there and play your game, and everything will fall into place."
On 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman:
"He's a wonderful coach. He's one of the best to ever do it. The way he coaches and how he coaches his players... He coached Frank Gore, and Frank Gore is one of the best to ever do it. I'm just so honored and excited to start working with coach. I can't wait."
DL Ronald Blair III (5th Round, Appalachian State)*
On his history playing at nose tackle:*
"The last couple years, I usually get used in sub packages. Last year we used what was called the 'Nascar' package, where I go in at nose tackle. I did some pass-rushing at nose. If they wanted some penetration or liked my one-on-one matchup, they'd put me at nose."
On his biggest strength:
"I'd have to say my knowledge of the game and my motor. You put those together, and that's me. I think that makes up my game, knowing where to be and seeing different keys on tape."
WR Aaron Burbridge (6th Round, Michigan State)*
On his experience in the Big Ten helping his transition to the NFL:*
"I've played in big games. I've played in the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl. Coming to the NFL, I feel like I've been ready."
On his possible role with the 49ers:
"I feel like I can play inside and outside. Talking to the coaches, they see me as a slot receiver. I'm going to do anything I can to help be productive on this team. In my sophomore year at Michigan State I played in the slot."
CB Prince Charles Iworah (7th Round, Western Kentucky)*
On his weekly study habits:*
"I'm a film-oriented person. I love watching film against my opponents. It's like a chess match. I have to know my opponent inside and out. I have to know him more than he knows himself. People think I'm just speed, but my game really comes from study."
On his playing style as a corner:
"I pride myself on working hard, regardless of whether I'm playing press coverage or playing off or running and chasing you down. I pride myself in competing."
WR Devon Cajuste (UDFA, Stanford)*
On whether he will play wide receiver or tight end: *
"Whatever these guys want me to play, I'll play. They haven't said anything yet, but again, whatever they want."
On his excitement to remain in the Bay Area:
"I'm completely blessed. I have my whole setup. I don't have to change my church, my mentors or where I'm leaving. It's a package deal."
On college teammate and 49ers first-round pick Joshua Garnett:
"He's an explosive lineman. Explosive is the word. He always says 'be a villain.' When he gets on the field, he turns that on."