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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Guard Mike Iupati -- The 49ers did not buy into the long-held belief that guards do not have value in the middle of the first round. The last guard who went this high in the draft was Steve Hutchinson in 2001, and he has been to seven Pro Bowls.
A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 1/17 -- Mike Iupati, OG, 6-5, 331, Idaho: The 49ers were prepared to take him with their first selection in the first round. They like his size and aggressive approach. But they'll have to harness his aggression. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Mike Iupati News
10/20/16 - LG Mike Iupati was a full participant in practice Thursday for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury against the 49ers in Week 5. He said he fully intends to play Sunday night. "I'm practicing right now, so unless something happens I'm planning on being out there," Iupati said.
10/19/16 - LG Mike Iupati (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday after missing a week because of an ankle injury. Initially, the Cardinals thought he would be out indefinitely because they saw something in the X-ray they didn't like.
"Something showed up on X-ray, but it was an old injury," head coach Bruce Arians said, adding he's hopeful Iupati will start Sunday night's game against the visiting Seahawks.
"If he practices and looks good, he's going to play," the coach said.
10/18/16 - G Mike Iupati (ankle) should be able to practice this week after missing Monday night's game against the Jets, coach Bruce Arians said. If Iupati can practice at all, Arians said Iupati will likely start Sunday night. John Wetzel got the start Monday night and held his own, although he has spent most of his time at tackle.
10/15/16 - G Mike Iupati, listed as doubtful for Monday night with an ankle injury, was termed a game-time decision by Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.
10/13/16 - LG Mike lupati (ankle) didn't practice on Thursday, but he got his walking boot off and coach Bruce Arians wasn't ready to rule him out of Monday night's game. "It's a wait and see," Arians said, "... but he looked pretty good. He moved around OK." If lupati can't play, the Cardinals will turn to John Wetzel, who has been converted to guard form tackle and has never made an NFL start.