Niners Sign 09 Draft Pick QB Nate Davis to Four-Year Deal

The SF Chronicle reports that the Niners have inked draft pick QB Nate Davis:

Quarterback Nate Davis became the fifth of the 49ers’ seven draft picks to sign when he put his name to a four-year contract Friday. That leaves top pick Michael Crabtree and third-rounder Glen Coffee unsigned with a Tuesday reporting deadline for rookies.

Coffee should be the next rookie to come to terms with the 49ers. Agent Todd Crannell said Friday: “There are no holdups. Everything is going according to plan.”

The 49ers have immediate plans for Coffee, whereas Davis is strictly a long-term development project. Coffee is expected to back up Frank Gore and take whatever carries Gore doesn’t get this season, thus conceivably prolonging the starter’s career.

Only two first-round draft picks had signed contracts, quarterbacks both – Matthew Stafford of Detroit and Mark Sanchez of the Jets. Rookie contracts are slotted according to where a player was drafted, so once tackle Jason Smith, chosen second by the Rams, is signed, the rest should eventually follow suit.

The 49ers drafted Texas Tech’s Crabtree with the 10th pick.

As for Davis, he passed for 9,233 yards and 74 touchdowns at Ball State.

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