SANTA CLARA -- Earlier this week Anthony Davis suggested the 49ers take an offensive tackle in the draft. On Saturday they did just that. Twice.
The team took John Theus out of Georgia early in the fifth round, then took another SEC player, Fahn Cooper, at the end of the round. Both have experience at both left and right tackle and presumably will compete with incumbent right tackle Trent Brown this season.
“I’m extremely comfortable with both spots," Theus said. "I played equally on both sides at Georgia, and that’s one of the things that I think makes me more valuable than some of the other guys. I can play both sides very efficiently.”
Davis, a former first-round pick who started at right tackle for the 49ers from 2010-14, has said he plans to return to the team after taking a year off last season. But he's been feuding with the team's from office, going so far as to encourage the team to draft a tackle with their highest pick.
“The 49ers should draft an offensive tackle in the top 10,” Davis wrote on his verified Twitter account Wednesday.
A few minutes later, he put his return in even greater doubt.
“I do not want to work with a front office or anyone else who seemingly doesn’t want to win as bad as I do,” Davis wrote.
After the 49ers took Cooper Saturday, Davis was back on Twitter. “Que sera, sera,” he wrote. (Translation: Whatever will be, will be). The tweet was later deleted.
He’s indicated on multiple occasions he intends to play this year. But he hasn’t filed for reinstatement with the league office, and neither Davis nor the 49ers have given a reason.
General manager Trent Baalke has said that Davis' possible return would not affect the 49ers' approach to the draft and proved so in the fifth round.
“There’s no decision to be made,” Baalke said Thursday. “Right now, he’s not in the National Football League. He’s retired. So there’s no reason to even speculate on what we’re going to do or what we might do. He’s got to be reinstated into the league and that’s a process that takes some time. He doesn’t put in and a day later he’s reinstated. There’s a process that he has to go through.”