49ers Trade Up, Draft T Davis


The 49ers saw the man they wanted, moved up two spots in the first round and threw in a fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) to select tackle Anthony Davis out of Rutgers.

"I wanted to go to the 49ers and I wanted to play for Coach Singletary," Davis said moments after the selection. "I love this game. They'll see a guy who's ready to work and ready to learn."

Get to know more about the 49ers first-round pick (No. 11 overall) by reading his comments to the media after being drafted.

On when he knew he was going to be a 49er:"About five minutes ago. They told me right before they made the pick. It's the best feeling in my life. It's the best feeling ever."

On the feeling that he got from the organization during his visit:"It felt a lot different. That's why I was so big on the 49ers going through the process. Of course, I had to keep it to myself. It's great people in the building. The whole staff are great people. The team is a tight knit group. I like what Singletary is building over there. I can't wait to be a part of it and win some games."

On whether he had a dinner with Head Coach Mike Singletary:"Yes."

On how the dinner went:"He was straight forward with me. He told me what he expected out of me as a player and we just went back and forth a little bit. I can't wait to get a chance to play for him."

On what he expects out of him:"To work, to want to be the best and that's what he got. He got somebody that wants to be the best."

On what it means for them to trade up for him:"It's a great feeling. I can't even talk right now. It's an honor. He's a man of his word. We talked about some things and he made it happen."

On the knocks on him that he isn't committed to the game and what he has to say to them:"We'll see. I love this game. We'll see. Everybody has negative things to say. I don't pay much attention to it, but I'm just ready to work, ready to learn and am ready to make myself the best tackle that I can be."

On where he is right now and how many people are with him:"I'm in New Jersey at a restaurant, in a private room with a lot of people."



On who is with him:**"As far as family? I would say there's about 20 family members here and a bunch of guys I played with, coaches and high school coaches."

On where on the line he expects to play and how soon he expects to play:"Wherever the team needs me to play. We didn't really talk about specifics. I'm ready to play wherever he needs me to play."

On where he played when he was at Rutgers:"Right guard and left tackle."

On whether he played right tackle:"Yes."

On the areas he needs to improve on to be the best:"Little stuff like finishing my blocks, most importantly, playing with better knee bend, keeping my chest back, things like that."

On why he chose to attend Rutgers instead of Ohio State and other bigger schools"I wanted to play in New Jersey, and I wanted to play in my home state. Also, I knew the coaches there would help me achieve my goals, as far as me wanting to be a good man in society and also a good football player. "

On where he thought he may be drafted and who the other teams were that showed interest in him:"Oakland expressed a lot of interest, Buffalo, I talked to the Seahawks a couple of times. I was just going with the flow. It's a pleasure to be in this league, it's a privilege. I wasn't really concerned with which number. I was just honored to be a part of it."

On if he was nervous that those teams passed on drafting him that had expressed interest:"No, not at all. Truthfully, I wanted to go to the 49ers. I really wanted to play for Coach (Mike) Singletary, and when I surpassed Buffalo, a smile came on my face. The people in the room were probably a little concerned , but I was excited to pass Buffalo."

On if there was more to meeting the great people with the 49ers that made him want to be here:"It was my first time in California. I love the state, but most importantly it was the people that I met and the atmosphere in the building. It's a smaller place and more of a team atmosphere."

On where Coach Singletary took him on his visit."I don't remember. I don't remember the name of it, I'm sorry."

On if Coach Singletary was the one who called him:"Yes."

On what Coach Singletary said when he made the phone call:"I was talking to him. I can't even talk right now. I don't even remember what he said. He asked me if I remembered what we talked about and if I was ready to be a 49er. I said, 'Yep, I can't wait to be a 49er.'"

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