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May 14, 2009
Niners sign two draft picks

Wow, that didn't take long. The 49ers announced today that they already have signed two of their seven draft picks. Fifth-round draft choice LB Scott McKillop and seventh-round draft choice DE Ricky Jean-Francois have been inked to four-year contracts. The only other draft pick in the NFL that's currently under contract, according to the team, is Lions QB Matthew Stafford. Detroit, which had the no. 1 overall pick, signed Stafford prior to the draft.

"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," GM Scot McCloughan said in a press release. "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."

By comparison, the first draft pick to sign last year was Josh Morgan. He inked his contract on June 19 ...

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

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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