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May 10, 2013
49ers lock up Dial, others as rookie minicamp set to begin


***UPDATE*** The 49ers also signed sixth-round pick Nick Moody to a four-year deal.

On the eve of their rookie minicamp, the 49ers have struck deals with four of their draft picks with several more on their way.

The team agreed to four-year deals with defensive lineman Quinton Dial, a fifth-round pick, sixth-round pick Nick Moody, and seventh-round picks B.J. Daniels, Carter Bykowski and Marcus Cooper. The 49ers currently are working on contracts for the seven players selected between the fourth and seventh rounds.

Dial's deal is unknown, but it promises to be slightly better than the four-year, $2.284 million contract Falcons fullback Bradie Ewing received last year. Like Dial, Ewing was the 157th overall pick. The salaries of most draft picks are slotted, and there is little negotiation, at least not as much as there was prior to the current collective bargaining agreement.

That means teams like the 49ers can complete rookie deals early and in quick succession. Last year, for example, they signed every pick but first rounder A.J. Jenkins by the time of their first May minicamp.

The 49ers are hoping the 6-5, 318-pound Dial, who played at Alabama, will provide depth this year, and he will get looks at all three positions on the line, including nose tackle. Daniels, meanwhile, will get snaps at quarterback, his position at South Florida, but could be used at other positions, including as a return man. Scout.com reported that Daniels' four-year is for $2.206 million and includes a $46,512 bonus.

Moody began at Florida State as a safety but moved to linebacker. He'll play inside linebacker -- as well as special teams -- for the 49ers. Bykowski was drafted to provide depth at offensive tackle while Cooper is the type of big (6-2) and athletic cornerback the 49ers prefer.

-- Matt 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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