Preparing for Day 3


Random San Francisco 49ers notes as we prepare for Day 3 of the NFL draft:

  • Running back/return man LaMichael James is working out on his own and is open to a trade, but 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is sticking to his approach -- the 49ers like James and have no plans to part ways with him.

  • James wants more playing time on offense and with the 49ers taking Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde in the second round, his chances for more offensive play time has dwindled. But Baalke made it clear they have no intentions of replacing him as the returner.

  • This is the sixth straight year the 49ers have taken a running back in the draft.

  • The 49ers have seven picks Saturday -- Nos. 106, 129, 150, 171,180, 243, and 245. The 49ers have already drafted five players and they have few needs. Expect more trades.

  • The 49ers will likely address the cornerback position at some point Saturday. It was the team's biggest need and it hasn’t been addressed, although the 49ers' first-round pick -- safety Jimmie Ward -- will be the nickel cornerback.

  • The 49ers could select a quarterback Saturday. Among the possibilities are Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas and San Jose State’s David Fales.

  • Third-round pick Chris Borland said he watched film of the 49ers when Wisconsin moved to a 3-4 defense so he is familiar with it.