With the 126th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected RB Mike Davis out of South Carolina
The San Francisco 49ers love drafting running backs. Since 2009, the 49ers have taken at least one every year: Glen Coffee, Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Marcus Lattimore and Pierre Garçon.
San Francisco made it seven-straight years last Saturday, taking South Carolina running back Mike Davis in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Davis led the Gamecocks with 199 carries for 982 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2014. He also added 32 receptions for 368 yards and the only two receiving touchdowns of his South Carolina career.
During his sophomore season in 2012, Davis ran for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns.
You can follow Davis on Twitter and Instagram @MikeDavisRB.
Here are five things to know about the 49ers newest ball-carrier.
1. He is ready to be in the Golden State.
Despite being an Atlanta native, Davis can't wait to get some California sunshine in his life. But really, can you blame him?
Davis also gave a shoutout to the newly crowned NBA MVP, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. Again, no arguments here.
2. His family was really excited when he got drafted.
One of the best parts of the draft each year is when you see videos of prospects receiving the call that they're going to an NFL team. There's video of Davis on the phone being informed that he's going to the 49ers, but it's the background noise of his family that makes is awesome.
The video gets better when you hear the story surrounding his family. Every player has a different reason for leaving college early, but Davis' decision to forgo his senior season is as good as it gets.
"My reason for entering the draft was because of my mom," Davis said. "Late in the process she got an eviction notice on her door. I always wanted to help my mom out. I knew with no one else being able to help her I had to step up. That was a major reason for me to enter the draft.
"I think it put a little bit of pressure on me. But at the end of the day, you know, I wanted what's best for my mom. I didn't care about all the outside stuff. I just wanted a better living for my mom. She's the reason why I'm here, so of course I'm going to take care of her."
3. He is joining a South Carolina alumni network with the 49ers.
In addition to Davis, the 49ers spent a seventh-round draft pick on Gamecocks tight end Busta Anderson and signed quarterback Dylan Thompson. That doesn't include wide receiver Bruce Ellington, a 2014 fourth-round pick who is also a South Carolina Alum.
South Carolina head basketball coach Frank Martin also chimed in on twitter, poking fun at Ellington's hoops skills. Ellington played for Martin as a two-sport athlete at South Carolina.
4. His older brother also played RB in the NFL.
That's right, his older brother James Davis was a running back at Clemson also played in the NFL. Originally a sixth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, Davis ran the ball 19 times in 2010 (carries split between time with the Browns and Washington Redskins) for 51 yards, adding four catches for 45 yards.
While at Clemson, Davis posted three straight seasons with double-digit rushing touchdowns from 2006-09, including 17 in 2006.
5. He looks like Kanye West?
You be the judge.