The 49ers traded back from No. 2 to No. 3 to select Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, a defensive lineman. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

49ers see heavy OTAs participation under new regime, await first pick

The 49ers have experienced near full participation for the first two days of OTAs under new head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Solomon Thomas has been held back from suiting up due to NFL rules that preclude players who haven’t graduated from getting involved in football activity until their school’s final exams are completed. But, the former Stanford defensive lineman, and Niners first-round pick, is expected at the team’s Santa Clara facility on Thursday.

“Our turnout has been great,” Shanahan said. “I’ve been very excited with our players, not just from a talent standpoint, but the type of people they are. Guys have been consistent working every day, which is how our team has been.”

While the 49ers await Thomas, they welcomed Elvis Dumervil to the set of practices that serve as an introduction to a new playbook and scheme five weeks before training camp opens.

Dumervil, who has 99 sacks over his 10-year career, will be expected to perform during the life of his two-year contract as well as mentor. But Shanahan made it clear he expects the pass-rusher to still have something left in the tank.

“He’s had a hell-of-a career, Elvis is a pro,” the first-year head coach said. “I think Elvis lives and dies getting to the quarterback. He’s thinking about it all the time, every day, when he’s in the building, when he’s outside the building.”

Dumervil won’t be participating in OTAs and possibly stretches of training camp.

49ers sign rookies

After signing Reuben Foster (the 49ers’ second first-round pick) at the end of last week, the team picked up on getting their rookies officially on board this week.

On Tuesday, the Niners announced they’d come to terms with quarterback CJ Beathard, formerly of Iowa. Beathard, 23, was added on a four-year deal.

Only one 49ers’ 10 draft pick has yet to be signed.

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