Rookie watch

August, 8, 2014
Aug 8
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A look at how some San Francisco 49ers' draft picks fared Thursday night in a 23-3 loss at Baltimore:

Jimmie Ward: The first-round pick looked pretty good. He played nickel cornerback (which will be his primary role in the regular season) on the first series and safety on the second series. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Ward looked good, as he has in training camp.

Carlos Hyde: He was a major highlight. Hyde had 39 yards on five carries and looked great against the Ravens’ first-team defense. This second-round pick might be something special.

Chris Borland: The third-round pick was beat a few times, but this inside linebacker has real potential. Borland relies on his instincts, and they helped him Thursday night. I think he is a player who is going to continue to flash.

Bruce Ellington: The fourth-round pick received kudos from teammates and coaches for his play at receiver and on special teams. The sky is the limit for this kid. I expect him to make his presence known early in the regular season.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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