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May 10, 2010
Were 49ers too jumpy for Anthony Davis?

The 49ers traded up two slots on draft day to grab Anthony Davis because they were concerned that another team picking behind them was going to swoop in and take the tackle instead. The 49ers were particularly worried about two teams, the Packers at No. 23 and the Cowboys, who at that time were picking at No. 27.

It turns out that 49ers probably shouldn't have been worried about Dallas. According to a photo of the Cowboys draft board that was mistakenly published, Dallas had Davis rated in the third round. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero has the deciphered list here.

Here's what Mike Singletary had to say about moving up from pick No. 13 to pick No. 11, which cost the 49ers a fourth-round pick.

"We certainly didn't think Davis would be there, but fortunately things worked out and he was there. We traded up a couple of picks to get him. We didn't feel at that time the teams that were in front of us, we didn't feel that they had a need for tackles. We also knew that there was going to be a lot of teams that wanted to trade up, maybe Dallas who likes (Mike) Iupati, who likes Davis. So, there were several teams. We had no idea of knowing who could move up in front of us. Trent (Baalke) and I just felt that rather than sit there and twiddle our thumbs and hope that we got the number one need that we had, we felt let's just take all of the excitement out of it and let's move up and if he's there we're going to take him. That's what we did. Iupati, we felt hopefully he would be there and thankfully he was."

According to the mystery draft board, Dallas had Iupati ranked 10th overall, one spot ahead of the player they eventually traded up to select at pick No. 24, receiver Dez Bryant. They also had linebacker Navorro Bowman, a player the 49ers selected in the third round, rated as a first-round pick. The 49ers and Cowboys seemed to agree on safety Taylor Mays. Dallas had Mays rated as the eighth-best player in the second round.

The question is whether the 49ers were too jumpy in trading up two spots to get Davis. They probably didn't need to worry about Dallas. But it's unknown whether Green Bay, who eventually wound up with Iowa tackle Bryan Bulaga, or another team were contemplating a move up. As it stands now, a fourth-round pick doesn't seem like too big a sacrifice to grab the player the 49ers coveted at a position they badly needed. If Davis flourishes, it will seem well worth the cost. If he doesn't? To be continued ...


You know who's going to be interested in this draft board? Bryant's agent, Eugene Parker, who has demonstrated a very creative interpretation of draft order vis-a-vis his receiver clients (rhymes with "Trab-cree") in the past. Good luck, Jerry ...

-- 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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