Niners get their complementary back

April, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers talked about adding a bigger running back to complement starter Frank Gore. Glen Coffee, the team's pick with the 74th overall choice, doesn't fit the size profile. He's listed at 209 pounds, about 15 pounds lighter than the specs general manager Scot McCloughan outlined when talking about what he sought in a complementary back.

Make no mistake, however: Coffee is a power back from a major program (Alabama). He's known for running hard, working hard and catching the ball well. He's extremely strong, having excelled as a power lifter in high school.

This pick fits the Mike Singletary/Jimmy Raye mold even though Coffee isn't as big as the back San Francisco probably anticipated adding. Coffee should represent an upgrade over DeShaun Foster in the No. 2 role.

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