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April 22, 2010
Anthony Davis: I want to be the best

Anthony Davis was at a restaurant in New Jersey when he got the phone call he was hoping for. On the other end -- Mike Singletary with whom Davis sat down for dinner the previous month on a trip to Santa Clara. A breathless Davis said on a conference call a few minutes ago that he was hoping to be picked by the 49ers because he got such a good feel from his trip West. He said Oakland, Buffalo and Seattle also had shown interest.

Davis said he is willing to play any position on the line. A junior,Davis has lined up at three positions for the Scarlet Knights -- left tackle, right tackle and right guard. the 49ers' biggest opening is at right tackle. Davis stands 6-5 and weighs 323 pounds, and he is just the type of tackle Singletary has been pining for since last year's draft when he had his heart set on Ole Miss's Michael Oher.

The big knock on Davis entering the draft was his commitment. Asked about that, Davis seemed to bristle. He said that Singletary is looking for a worker, and that's what Singletary will get. He wants me "to work and to want to be the best," Davis said. "And that's what he got -- somebody who wants to be the best."

The 49ers traded with Denver in order to get Davis. They swapped first-round picks and also gave up a fourth-round pick. This is just a guess at this point -- we haven't talked to any team officials -- but my sense is that the 49ers were worried another team would leap into that spot. Obviously, both Denver and Miami were willing to deal.

The pick also underscores the importance of winning right now ... Now onto pick No. 17.

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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