SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The 49ers took a chance during Saturday's NFL draft by using a fourth-round selection on Marcus Lattimore.
The South Carolina running back suffered a career-threatening right knee injury last season just one year after tearing ligaments in his left knee. The 49ers are hopeful of future rewards from Lattimore after making him one of their seven selections during Saturday's final leg of the draft.
The 49ers also looked elsewhere in the fourth round to add firepower to their offense by selecting wide receiver Quinton Patton out of Louisiana Tech three picks ahead of Lattimore. San Francisco addressed defensive needs in the fifth round with lineman Quinton Dial of Alabama and in the sixth round with linebacker Nick Moody of Florida State.
The 49ers completed their 11-player draft haul in the seventh round by selecting South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels with the No. 237 overall pick, Iowa State offensive tackle Carter Bykowski at No. 246 and Rutgers cornerback Marcus Cooper at No. 252.