Spencer speaking

Five questions with cornerback Shawntae Spencer, the 49ers' second-round draft pick out of the University of Pittsburgh.

Q: What were your expectations in the draft after not being invited to the NFL combine?

Spencer: I was very worried. But in the same sense I knew that I had to work that much harder because I was behind. The combine is a big show and I knew that I wanted to be on that stage. Those are things I can't control though. I don't really understand how the combine works and how they choose players.

Q: What factor do you think made you fly up draft boards to be drafted with the No. 58 pick in the second round?

Spencer: I worked very, very hard in the last couple of months. It really is a surprise that I went this early.

Q: Did you have a sense that the 49ers might select you?

Spencer: I had a very strong feeling. My uncle who raised me passed away. He was 35 years old and passed away when I was in San Francisco (for a visit with the 49ers). The 49ers were his favorite team. We talked about me being out here and he told me I was going to San Francisco. It is crazy that it happened that way. I am very pleased to be in San Francisco. That is where I wanted to go. I know how he felt about the 49ers since they were his favorite team.

Q: Where do you feel you fit in with this team?

Spencer: Whether it is special teams or defense, I am just ready to go to work and come in and contribute.

Q: What are your thoughts about matching up with former Pittsburgh teammate Larry Fitzgerald, who was drafted by NFC West rival Arizona?

Spencer: It is a beautiful thing. I am looking forward to it. He (Fitzgerald) is a competitor and we had a lot of good work in practice. He is an outstanding player and made me a lot better. I have been blessed to play against two Fred Biletnikoff award winners (Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant) in practice.

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