Niners sign rookies Davis, Mays, Bowman

Posted July 30, 2010 @ 12:49 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The 49ers announced Friday that they have signed first-round OT Anthony Davis to a five-year contract and second-round S Taylor Mays and third-round LB Navorro Bowman to four-year deals. Terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.

Davis, the first of two first-round selections (11th overall) by the 49ers in this year's draft, is expected to be the Niners' starting right tackle this season. He played in 38 games (32 starts) at Rutgers, where he earned numerous accolades, including third-team All-America and second-team All-Big East honors as a junior.
 
As a sophomore, his first season at offensive tackle, Davis earned first-team All-Big East honors by helping Rutgers lead the conference, and rank 18th in the nation, in passing yards per game. His freshman season he earned first-team Freshman All-America honors while playing right guard.
 
Mays, a two-time All-Pac-10 selection out of USC, is expected to start the season backing up veteran Michael Lewis at strong safety. He played in 51 games (50 starts) and finished his four-year USC career with 276 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
 
A consensus All-Pac-10 first-team selection in 2009, Mays started 12 games, leading the team and ranking second in the conference with 96 tackles, while adding one interception and one fumble recovery. As a junior, he was named first-team All-American, starting 13 games, notching 53 tackles and helping USC lead the nation in pass defense and scoring defense, while finishing second in total defense, in 2008.
 
Bowman, a two-time All-Big Ten selection out of Ohio State, adds depth at linebacker. Bowman finished his four-year Penn State career with 215 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and eight sacks. In 33 career games (21 starts), Bowman also posted three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions, returning one fumble recovery and one interception each for touchdowns.
 
The 49ers have now signed seven of their eight 2010 draft picks, with only first-round OG Mike Iupati remaining unsigned.

 

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