SANTA CLARA –- Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov was projected to be drafted anywhere from the second round to the fifth round.
But after the seven-round NFL draft concluded on Saturday, Skov still did not have a team.
And the big question is . . . why the heck not?
“I don’t know,” Skov said after completing a workout Thursday at the 49ers’ practice facility. “It’s not my job to speculate. It’s my job to play. What happened, happened. And now it’s time to play football.”
Skov agreed to a three-year contract with the 49ers shortly after the draft's conclusion. The 49ers paid him just $10,000 in guarantees for a shot to join the team as an undrafted rookie.
“Yeah, it puts a chip on your shoulder,” Skov said. “I think everybody kind of has an idea and expectation for themselves, so when the public opinion or people’s perceptions are different than your own, then obviously you’re going to take that a little bit personally.
“But at the end of the day, I’m a football player. So from here on out, my play and my abilities are going to dictate whether I ever see the field or not and my future as a player.”
Skov joined a 49ers team that boasts the top pair of inside linebackers in the NFL -– Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Moreover, the 49ers used a third-round pick to select inside All-American linebacker Chris Borland of Wisconsin.
“I like the system,” Skov said. “I get an opportunity to learn from the best linebackers in the game between NaVorro and Pat, and I think I’m going to make my mark on this team and contribute to this team at some point. Because of that, it was the right fit.”