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July 11, 2008
Larry Grant signs; four to go

The 49ers have signed two of their six draft picks. The team today announced that it had inked a deal with seventh rounder linebacker Larry Grant, who grew up in part in Sacramento and played football at Foothill High School. Here's a short story I wrote about Grant following the team's May minicamp.

Grant is a late bloomer of sorts and one the 49ers believe can one day play alongside Patrick Willis at the Ted linebacker spot. Grant will compete against Jeff Ulbrich and Dontarrious Thomas for the starting role in training camp. The only other draft pick to sign thus far is sixth rounder Josh Morgan, a receiver from Virginia Tech. The team has been in contact with the agents of the four unsigned picked and does not anticipate any problems getting them into training camp on time.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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