If there was any doubts about the A.) the kind of offense Mike Singletary wants to run and B.) where he thought the 49ers were weakest, they were extinguished in the first round today. After taking Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis with the No. 11 overall pick, the 49ers bulked up their offensive line even further by taking Idaho guard Mike Iupati with the No. 17 selection.
The 331-pound Iupati -- pronounced "Yoo-POT-ee," according to the man himself -- is considered the best guard in the draft. Iupati said he'd be able to play tackle if he was given a chance to learn it, but with Davis already on board, it's safe to say the 49ers will keep Iupati at guard. He said he feels most comfortable at left guard, the position he played for the Vandals. The team's current starter at the position is David Baas, who is playing on a one-year contract.
Like Davis, Iupati visited the 49ers in the run-up to the draft. He said he spent three hours going over the 49ers offensive line calls with position coach Mike Solari. It will be up to Solari and his assistant Ray Brown to get two rookies up to speed for the regular season.
-- Matt Barrows