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Friday, August 13, 2010
Kentwan Balmer, Glen Coffee exceptions

By Mike Sando

Should Glen Coffee follow through with retirement plans, the San Francisco 49ers' backup running back would become the highest-drafted member of the NFL's 2009 draft class not on an 80-man roster.

Another 49ers player, Kentwan Balmer, is already the highest-drafted member of the 2008 draft not on an 80-man roster. The 49ers placed him on the exempt/left squad list. Balmer does not count against the 80-man limit.

Coffee was the 74th overall choice in 2009. Terrance Taylor, chosen 136th overall by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, is currently the highest-drafted member of his class not on an active roster. Former 49ers linebacker Scott McKillop, chosen 146th overall, is next on that list after suffering a serious knee injury in camp last week. He was waived/injured.

Limas Sweed, chosen 53rd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, is the highest-drafted player from his class other than Balmer not on an active roster. The Steelers placed him on injured reserve.

Note: Thanks to jamiemiller74 for asking about Balmer's status.