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Undrafted rookies beating the odds with 49ers
So much for conventional wisdom. The overriding contention regarding undrafted college free agents this year was that, without minicamps or OTAs to draw the attention of coaches and club executives, it would be difficult if not impossible to carve out spots on a regular-season roster. The lockout, it was widely believed, would severely blunt the rookie free agent class. But as of Tuesday morning, there were 61 undrafted rookies on rosters throughout the league, including three on a 49ers roster that has seen just one other undrafted rookie free agent make the team for its opening game since 2005. That body count might drop a little bit further around the league as teams tweak and churn the bottoms of their rosters for the season openers, but it's still a much bigger figure than most pundits had predicted. In fact, it's about a 20 percent increase from 2010, when undrafted free agents had the benefit of offseason workouts to impress evaluators. It seems rather certain that two...
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