SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers concluded their 2015 version of the NFL Draft by adding an eighth tight end to their roster.
San Francisco took Rory "Busta" Anderson with the 254th-overall pick to round out their 10-man draft class. Why add another tight end, given the number already on the roster?
"He was the highest-rated player on our board," Trent Baalke said. "Once again, I keep going back to that, but you never go wrong taking good football players. He was the highest-rated player on our board."
Anderson was the second tight end taken by San Francisco Saturday, joining Oklahoma's Blake Bell. Anderson became the fifth South Carolina product Baalke has drafted since 2011, joining Chris Culliver, Marcus Lattimore, Bruce Ellington and Mike Davis, who was taken in the fourth round Saturday.
"You know they're going to be well-coached," Baalke said, referring to his former colleague Steve Spurrier, whom Baalke worked with at Washington. "They're going come into the league, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and that’s nothing against the defense, but on the offensive side of the ball you know they're going to come into the league well-versed. They're going to be able to pick up the information."
Anderson, an athletic prospect, has an uphill battle in terms of finding a spot on the roster with Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Derek Carrier, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, Asante Cleveland and Xavier Grimble already on the roster.
Anderson caught 61 passes for 954 yards and nine touchdowns in his four-year career at South Carolina.