Rating the rookie debuts

The 49ers took a long look at their seven-player draft class during Saturday night's exhibition victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Some rookies performed better than others, coach Dennis Erickson said early Sunday evening. Also: Sunday's injury report.

Practically each of San Francisco's seven draft picks made some kind of impact on the team's impressive 24-6 victory. But coach Dennis Erickson was both analytical and critical while handing out guarded praise to his young performers.

"There were some good things and some bad things," Erickson said. "I think it was a rude awakening, the speed of the game against somebody else. Sometimes you fall asleep in practice. It was a good experience for all of them."

Erickson's takes on each draft pick:

-- First-round OT Kwame Harris (two sacks allowed): "Kwame had some good things, and he got beat. It was a good learning experience for him. He got tired; he played a lot of snaps. He just has a lot of technique things to work on."

-- Second-round DT Anthony Adams (four solo tackles): "Anthony played a lot, and I thought he played pretty well but he has some things to learn."

-- Third-round DE Andrew Williams (no tackles): "I thought he did some good things, but again there is room for improvement."

-- Fourth-round WR Brandon Lloyd (39-yard touchdown reception): "Brandon made a great catch for a touchdown, but there are some other things that he's got to get better at."

-- Fifth-round TE Aaron Walker (game-high four receptions for 42 yards): "Aaron Walker, once he started to play, got better and better all the time."

-- Sixth-round WR Arnaz Battle (15-yard touchdown reception): "Arnaz Battle came in and played well in a lot of different areas, special teams. He made some plays on kickoff coverage."

-- Seventh-round QB Ken Dorsey (39 yards and two touchdowns passing): "Ken only played 17 snaps, but he made some good throws. He made some throws under duress that were big plays when he got rid of the football."

"It was a good experience for all those guys," Erickson said. "The first game in the NFL against somebody, they'll learn from that and make a lot of improvements before the next game."


Speaking of that next game, the Niners are unlikely to have the services of starting quarterback Jeff Garcia for Thursday's exhibition against the Oakland Raiders, Erickson said. The coach also said DT Jim Flanigan will not play against the Raiders due to a calf problem. Flanigan will have an MRI exam Monday.

Linebacker Brandon Moore also will miss the Oakland game and will be out of practice for a while with the high ankle sprain he sustained against the Chiefs.

LB Marcus Reese (thigh contusion) is questionable for Oakland and WR James Jordan, who injured his collarbone against the Chiefs and had X-rays after the game, is "going to be fine," Erickson said.

Erickson also said CB/KR Jimmy Williams will practice with the team Monday, and starting CB Jason Webster is expected to practice this week for the first time this summer, though neither is expected to play against the Raiders.

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