LeGarrette Blount finds a home

To some people, one of the many surprises that took place during the 2010 NFL draft was the freefall of former Oregon Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount.

In a year that saw 14 running backs selected during the seven-round draft, the 6’0”, 241-pound Blount was one of the players who never heard his name called.

Part of that may have to do with the 4.81 40-yard-dash he ran at February’s combine in Indianapolis. Another reason for Blount’s fall (and I’m guessing it may be this) could have been the barroom-style brawl he incited at Boise State’s Bronco Field on September 3, 2009 after he punched Byron Hout in the face moments after the Ducks lost 19-8 in the season-opener.

Whatever the reason for Blount’s freefall is now irrelevant. Because starting today, his main goal should be to make an NFL roster.

And his first chance to make that dream happen will come in San Francisco.

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that Blount signed a free agent contract with the 49ers following the conclusion of the 2010 draft. He’ll have the opportunity this summer to compete for a role as a special teams player and backup to 49ers starting running back Frank Gore.

The move adds more depth to a San Francisco draft class that should certainly gain some recognition as one of the better talent-hauls of the year. In addition to Blount, the Niners also landed Mississippi State running back Anthony Dixon in the sixth-round (potential sleeper), as well as two of the top-rated offensive linemen—Rutgers’ Anthony Davis and Idaho’s Mike Iupati—in the first round.

As for Blount, the much-criticized running back now has an opportunity to pursue his dream of playing professional football, just seven months after an incident that could very well have ended his career forever.

Hopefully, college players around the country took notice.

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