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

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

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.