Data Scout Notes: AP1st/WCamp1st/1stC/AFCA/OutlandFinalist/PLombardi/POutland/2nd team
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
03/12/15 - G Mike Iupati left the 49ers for the Cardinals Wednesday (March 11), agreeing to terms on a five-year contract worth $40 million with $22 million guaranteed. The 6-foot-5, 331-pound Iupati played the past five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and has been a Pro Bowl selection each of the last three years. He was selected by San Francisco in the first round (17th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Idaho and started all 75 games he appeared in with the 49ers.
In 2014, the 27-year old Iupati started 15 games at left guard while helping the 49ers finish the season fourth in the NFL in rushing yards per game. In 2012, he was named first-team All-Pro after starting all 16 games and was named to the All-Rookie team in 2010 after he started all 16 games in his first season. A native of American Samoa, Iupati has started all eight postseason games he has appeared in, including Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens.
03/04/15 - G Mike Iupati didn't have one of his better seasons last year, yet made the Pro Bowl anyway. That speaks volumes about his reputation, one that figures to get him a big contract. With 2014 third-round pick Brandon Thomas ready to move in, the 49ers are unlikely to get into the bidding.
12/11/14 - G Mike Iupati has been a limited participant at practice this week because of an elbow injury he suffered Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The 49ers are being cautious with their key offensive lineman. The injury is not considered to be serious and Iupati is expected to play this week against Seattle.
12/10/14 - G Mike Iupati was a limited participant at practice Wednesday because of an elbow injury he suffered Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The injury is not considered to be serious and Iupati is expected to play this week against Seattle.
12/08/14 - G Mike Iupati hyperextended his left elbow in the third quarter of Sunday's loss at Oakland. After sitting out almost a full quarter, Iupati was able to return to the game for the final period. The injury is not considered to be serious.