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49ers Setting The Early Pace At Signing Draft Picks

The San Francisco 49ers are ahead of the curve at signing rookie draft picks after inking fifth-round linebacker Scott McKillop and seventh-round defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois to four-year contracts, the team announced today.
Other than the Detroit Lions signing top overall pick Matthew Stafford prior to the NFL Draft, McKillop and Jean-Francois are the first two draft picks to sign their rookie deals.
“It says a lot about these young men that they have made it a priority to get their contract negotiations out of the way early,” 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan said in a statement. “Now, they have the ability to focus solely on helping to make this team better and starting their professional careers off on the right foot. The cooperation we received from their agents was tremendous.”
At the University of Pittsburgh, McKillop was a two-time Big East Conference Player of the Year who registered 345 career tackles, 28 1/2 tackles for losses, eight sacks and three interceptions.
At LSU, Jean-Francois recorded 56 career tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and three fumble recoveries.
The pair of signings leave the 49ers with five more rookie deals to negotiate.

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10 Responses to “49ers Setting The Early Pace At Signing Draft Picks”
  1. NDCowboysfan says: May 14, 2009 4:41 PM

    wow looks like a new day in SF with coach singletary running the show. i like it, now they just need a qb and D

  2. Sprawl125 says: May 14, 2009 4:46 PM

    here come the “they signed early because Singletary threatened to pull down his pants if they didn’t” jokes

  3. Hardrada says: May 14, 2009 4:55 PM

    I remember all of the hype surrounding Ricky Jean-Francois when he arrived at LSU. As talented as he is, he should be ashamed of himself for falling all the way to the 7th round.

  4. sultanofslot says: May 14, 2009 5:54 PM

    Good for McKillop. San Fran seems like a great place for him as he will eventually get the opportunity to start. Good luck and Hail to Pitt!

  5. Merton Hanks says: May 14, 2009 6:18 PM

    mrf47 – Are you talking about Jed? Testicles yes, ponytail no. Don’t even know where you got that from.

  6. martinezh445 says: May 14, 2009 6:20 PM

    SF is always ahead of the curve , all the negative comments are Raiders Fans mad cause there still in the gutter and gonna be there for a while with all the 1st round bust they got set em back 10 more years so hold on OAK FANS for 10 more. with 5 rings were ahead of the curve still ! not to mention were almost back were on our way for sure Hill is 8-2 as a starter qb there.

  7. Walking Deadman says: May 14, 2009 7:41 PM

    Get Crabtree signed and then I’ll give the 49ers a pat on the back. I have a feeling that will be the hardest draftee to get signed.

  8. RonO says: May 14, 2009 7:43 PM

    49ers and “ahead” in the same sentence – yeah

  9. Vox Veritas says: May 14, 2009 11:19 PM

    “SF is always ahead of the curve”
    You realize that they haven’t had a winning record since 2002 right? That was four head coaches ago.
    And I’m not sure that 49er fans should be calling anyone out about first round busts. The only guy they’ve drafted in the first round that has lived up to the hype since 1995 is Willis. Come on… Alex Smith, Mike Rumph, Reggie McGrew, JJ Stokes, Jim Druckenmiller, RW McQuarters, Kwame Harris, Rashaun Woods, Vernon Davis. At least Andre Carter and Julian Peterson were pretty good but the 49ers let them get away. I’d rather have Asomugha than any of those guys.

  10. akuehn713 says: May 14, 2009 11:40 PM

    I believe the Pats signed one of their picks last week.

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