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April 28, 2008
49ers sign Cal WR Jordan, OL De La Puente

The mad scramble to land undrafted free agents has begun, and the 49ers have hauled in a receiver, Cal's Robert Jordan, and a linebacker, the University of Nevada's Ezra Butler, according to agent Jeff Sperbeck. They also have a verbal agreement with Cal OL Brian De La Puente, according to agent Bruce Tollner. NFLDraftbible.com is reporting the team also has snagged DE-LB Louis Holmes of Arizona, TE Joe Jon Finley of Oklahoma and LB Gary Guyton of Georgia Tech. Guyton played for the 49ers at the Senior Bowl. They also are looking for at least two offensive linemen.

Guyton has excellent athleticism and showed such at the combine when, at 245 pounds, he ran a 4.47 40 and jumped 36 1/2 inches in the vertical leap. But his production never really matched his potential at Georgia Tech.

Butler also is a guy who also put up good numbers in the drills. He is intriguing because he can play that edge-rusher position the 49ers did not address in the draft. Last year at Nevada, Butler had 93 tackles (13.5 for losses), 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions

Jordan, meanwhile, certainly is familiar to all the Cal fans who watched his senior season. He had a great Pro Day in Berkeley and many thought he would be a second-day selection in the draft. Jordan isn't very big -- 5-11, 172 pounds -- but he has been adept at getting off the line of scrimmage and finding soft spots in the defense.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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