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2-14, 4th in NFC West

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

49ers GM John Lynch says it's "looking like" team will exercise fifth year option on FS Jimmie Ward. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he's excited about what Ward can do at free safety. Ward will continue to work there this offseason.

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Niners GM John Lynch said team has indeed talked to other franchises about trading TE Vance McDonald. Coach Kyle Shanahan reached out to McDonald on Saturday night to explain why they listened to options. No deal came to fruition but Shanahan said he expects to meet with McDonald soon to discuss where he fits in moving forward.

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Adrian Colbert only played eight games at Miami after transferring from Texas and battling injuries as a senior, but he was still able to collect 22 tackles (2.5 for loss), an interception and three pass break-ups.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Under the guidance of new general manager John Lynch, the 49ers made six trades during this draft. That's one short of the franchise record of seven, which was set in 1993. Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan clearly not afraid to make moves in his first draft.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 49ers total haul from the 2017 NFL draft: 1A. Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford; 1B. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama; 3A. Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado; 3B. C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa; 4. Joe Williams, RB, Utah; 5A. George Kittle, TE, Iowa; 5B. Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech; 6A. D.J. Jones, DT, Mississippi; 6B. Pita Taumoepenu, DE, Utah; 7. Adrian Colbert, DB, Miami. The Niners also traded for Denver Broncos RB Kapri Bibbs.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

With their final pick in this year's draft, No. 229 overall, the San Francisco 49ers selected DB Adrian Colbert of Miami. Colbert brings some versatility to play safety and corner as well as contribute on special teams. There could be an opportunity to make the team, given the Niners' needs in the secondary. That's especially true if he can play free safety.

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Pita Taumoepenu feasted on quarterbacks in his senior season, racking up nine sacks. He also chipped in 41 tackles (12 for loss) and three forced fumbles in 2016.

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With pick No. 202, the 49ers selected Utah DE Pita Taumoepenu. The Niners are looking for help with the pass rush and that's an area Taumoepenu did well in college with 21.5 sacks and nine last year. He'll likely be expected to compete for a spot as the "Leo" defensive end.

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After two years of junior college, D.J. Jones took advantage of his opportunity at Ole Miss, posting 70 tackles (8.5 for loss) and six sacks over the last two seasons.

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49ers snag run-stuffing DT in Round 6

D.J. Jones lacks ideal height and has shorter arms (31 1/2-inch arms) but plays with natural leverage and is a stout run-defender. Jones has a chance to develop into a rotational interior defender and potential starter down the road -- ideally as a 4-3 nose tackle.

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With pick No. 198, the 49ers selected Ole Miss defensive tackle D.J. Jones. Jones had six sacks in the past two seasons for the Rebels. He adds more depth, presumably as a nose tackle behind Earl Mitchell. He'll have a chance to compete with Mike Purcell for a spot on the roster.

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The 49ers used pick No. 177 on Louisiana Tech receiver Trent Taylor. This is the first receiver the Niners have drafted. Taylor was super productive in 2016, with 136 catches with 1,803 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's not big at 5'8 but should have a chance to compete for a role as a slot receiver and punt returner.

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Joe Williams draft highlights (0:57)

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George Kittle wasn't a frequent target in the passing game at Iowa, but he did nab 10 touchdowns on just 42 catches in his final two seasons. He also ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash of any tight end at the combine (4.52).

49ers add versatility with Kittle

George Kittle needs to refine his skill set, but he has the raw athleticism (tested extremely well at the combine) and competitiveness to turn into a quality move-TE (F) while also contributing on special teams.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Another good fit at TE with George Kittle and the 49ers. Kittle is one of the top blocking TEs in this class. That jumps out on film. But Kittle also has 4.5 speed and can be utilized in Kyle Shanahan's system as a "move TE" or H-Back.

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers used pick No. 146 on Iowa TE George Kittle. Kittle is considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft and has underrated hands. This is another pick that has a chance to contribute right away at a position where the Niners could use help.

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New 49ers RB Joe Williams shared the heartbreaking story of losing his sister, how that loss caused him to walk away from football and how he now looks to his sister for motivation. He has a tattoo that reads "My Sister's keeper" on his arm and he plans to add a picture of her to that soon. "She was everything," Williams said. "She is everything."

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After walking away from football, Joe Williams returned with a vengeance when he rejoined the Utes. He racked up 1,407 yards and 10 touchdowns in just nine games as a senior.

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The 49ers continue to add at running back, trading up to No. 121 with the Indianapolis Colts to take Utah running back Joe Williams. The Niners sent pick Nos. 143 and 161 to move up. This comes only a few minutes after the Niners traded for Denver running back Kapri Bibbs. The 49ers are clearly serious about creating competition at running back.

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49ers get Broncos RB Bibbs in draft-day trade

Kapri Bibbs was traded by the Broncos, along with a fifth-round 2017 pick, to the 49ers on Saturday in exchange for the 49ers' fourth-round pick in 2018.

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After the trade with Denver, the 49ers now own seven picks in the final four rounds. That includes three picks in the fifth round. This was the fifth deal the Niners have made since this draft began.

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D.J. Jones draft highlights (0:50)

Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

The 49ers continue to wheel and deal. They traded a fourth-round pick in 2018 to the Denver Broncos for RB Kapri Bibbs and a fifth-round pick this year. Personnel exec Adam Peters has some history with Bibbs and Niners need some depth at the position.

Team Stats

Passing Yards181.932nd
Rushing Yards126.24th
Points For19.227th
Points Against30.032nd