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Jim Tomsula prepping for first minicamp, draft as 49ers coach

The San Francisco 49ers begin their first minicamp under new head coach Jim Tomsula on Tuesday. Having a new coach affords the Niners the chance for an extra camp, which is voluntary.

But free safety Eric Reid took to Twitter to let the world know he was in town for the three days of workouts, which lead into Thursday night and the first round of the NFL draft.

So how different has prepping for the draft been for Tomsula as a first-time NFL head coach after being the Niners’ defensive line coach since 2007?

“No different,” general manager Trent Baalke said recently. “We’ve said from Day 1, it’s been an eight-and-a-half year relationship we’ve been around each other so there’s no new nuances. He knows how we operate from a personnel standpoint, he’s always been on board with the way we’ve operated and just because he’s become the head coach, (that) hasn’t changed his mindset on that.

“To be honest, he has spent a lot of time focusing on getting his coaching staff and the players and the structural things necessary to get going in the offseason. That’s where he’s spent a lot of his time.”

Tomsula, meanwhile, said earlier in the month he was paying attention to all positions, not just the ones on the defensive side of the ball.

“The thing that I’m really appreciating is the inclusion of all information from all people, and the way Trent and all the personnel is working and obviously, that’s the lead right there,” Tomsula said. “That’s where it’s going.”

In fact, Tomsula said he was spending a lot of his time heeding his assistants.

“A lot of learning, I’ll tell you that right now, the learning curve and making sure that I’m listening,” Tomsula said. “Doing a lot more listening than I am talking to see where people are.

“You’ve got people who know what they’re looking at. So, I’m really trying to pay attention and listen.”