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April 28, 2012
Final five: a roundup of Day 3 draft picks

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Name: Joe Looney
Pick: 117th (4th round)
College: Wake Forest
Position: Guard
6-3, 318 pounds
Comment: Looney is a strong, physical player who uses his hands particularly well. He will be thrown into the mix at right guard and also has experience at center.
Coach Jim Harbaugh: "Really smart, smart person. Not only book smart, but street smart, football smart."

Name: Darius Fleming
Pick: 165th (5th round)
College: Notre Dame
Position: outside linebacker
6-2, 248
Comment: The 49ers had only three players at outside linebacker and Fleming gives them depth. Early on, he projects as a core special teams contributor who also could see action as a pass-rush specialist.
Harbaugh: "We rolled the dice last year with only three outside linebackers. It worked, but that is risky what we did last year."

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Name: Trenton Robinson
Pick: 180th (6th round)
College: Michigan State
Position: safety
5-9 ½, 193 pounds
Comment: Robinson entered Michigan State as a cornerback before switching to safety his freshman year. He has good ball skills - eight interceptions the last two years - and could be an heir to Dashon Goldson, who likely will play on a one-year deal in 2012.
General manager Trent Baalke: "He's a young man that plays the game fast and physical. He's an undersized guy that has a chip on his shoulder. He's been a standout special teams player there in his younger days within the program."

Name: Jason Slowey
Pick: 199th (6th round)
College: Western Oregon
Position: center
6-4, 305 pounds
Comment: Slowey dominated the Division II competition while playing left tackle at Western Oregon. He projects to center where the 49ers are seeking a backup to Jonathan Goodwin.
Baalke: "Jason's a young man that has the traits that we're looking for, much like we saw in (Mike) Person and (Daniel) Kilgore last year. He's a young man that played left tackle in college and he's now going to move inside in the National Football League."

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Name: Cam Johnson
Pick: 237 (7th round)
College: Virginia
Position: outside linebacker
6-3, 268
Comment: Johnson played outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense under former UVA coach Al Groh before switching to defensive end in 2010. He has a nice combination of size and speed but must increase his consistency to stick with the 49ers.
Baalke: "We watched him move around at the Senior Bowl. I actually went to one of his games live this year, I think it was the Maryland game that I was at. So, we've had plenty of opportunity to see Cam, and he's a young man that's got a lot of talent."

-- 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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