Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 9/1/09: #7 OG, #137/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 5 2009 Senior Bowl Invite...2008: Second team All-WAC...Had off-season shoulder surgery ... returned to the lineup against Western Michigan ... went on to start eight of the 10 games in which he played...2007: Cemented a starting role last spring and became in impact player on the line for the Vandals ... started all 12 games at left guard...2006: Saw action in a backup role...2005: Focused on academics as a non-qualifier as English was not his native language.
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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01/25/13 - G Mike Iupati (shoulder) practiced fully on Thursday despite nursing his injury.
01/25/13 - G Mike Iupati (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Friday and probable for the Super Bowl.
01/16/13 - G Mike Iupati (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Wednesday.
01/11/13 - G Mike Iupati (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Thursday despite nursing his injury.
12/28/12 - G Mike Iupati (shoulder) practiced fully on Thursday despite nursing his injury.