USF’s Barrington and Daniels join Webster as NFL draftees
South Florida had two players picked in the seventh round Saturday, giving the Bulls three picks overall in this year’s draft.
Green Bay selected linebacker Sam Barrington with the 232nd pick and San Francisco took quarterback B.J. Daniels with the 237th pick.
The first pick was cornerback Kayvon Webster, who was picked 90th overall by Denver, going Friday in the third round.
Daniels, a four-year starter and the first USF quarterback to be drafted by the NFL, said the team will give him an opportunity at quarterback, but the versatile 6-foot, 210-pound product also could get a shot at other positions.
“What a great day,” Daniels said. “I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and I’m just happy the 49ers felt I could help their team. It’s a great franchise and I’m going to try and contribute in a way that will help them continue winning. I’ve had a lot of support and just want to thank all of the people that stuck with me and had my back through this whole process. It’s a dream come true.”
Daniels could fit in with the read-option offense the 49ers are now gravitating toward behind starter Colin Kaepernick and veteran newcomer Colt McCoy. Daniels passed for 2,078 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 426 yards and five touchdowns with South Florida last season.
Barrington, who was second-team All-Big East in 2012, started 36 of 49 games during his career and amassed 258 tackles and 61/2 sacks.
“This is a great day for my family and I’m just so proud to be in this position,” Barrington said. “It’s been a long journey and I’ve gained so much valuable experience, both as a player and person, during my time at USF. I’m so excited and just want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. Now, I’m looking forward to getting to Green Bay and helping that storied franchise win a lot more games.”