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Friday, May 27, 2022

Top 10 Things We Learned at the 49ers’ Rookie Minicamp

SANTA CLARA — Once Drake Jackson showed up at his new job on Friday, he wandered through one of the office’s rarest parks and was charmed.

His role: Defensive end for the 49ers, who made their first practice of the rookie minicamp on Friday.

His Home Office: Levi’s Stadium.

“I was walking down the hall and I had to call my father,” Jackson said. “This is madness. To stand right here in San Fran, I really can’t explain it.”

In short, he has come here to race passersby and complement a strong front line, thus qualifying for the 49ers’ top pick (second round, 61 overall) in the draft two weeks ago.

“It’s a beautiful, blessed feeling, man,” Jackson said. “Twenty-one years of life, whatever I did, I did it just for this. this is madness. Every minute, every second, it’s ‘Who would have thought?’ ,

On draft day, among those who welcomed him into the team was fellow defensive end Nick Bossa, who is coming off his third season and career-high 15 1/2 sacks.

Jackson, in an ideal capacity, would serve as a speed-rushing complement to the 49ers on the other side of the line from Bossa, just as the Dee Ford was at its peak in 2019.

“Every play, it’s a hunt. I just want to be part of that pack, to hunt with my boys,” said Jackson, who would wear a No. 95 after suiting up as No. 99 at USC, which He has a tattooed number on his left forearm.

Jackson’s genuine gratitude is a perfect attribute for a rookie minicamp. Here are nine things we’ve learned from other cheaters in the past:

San Francisco 49ers running-back Tyrion Davis-Prince (32) runs with the ball during the NFL Rookie Mini-Camp at Lewis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, May 13, 2022. (Photo by Josie Lepe)

championship credentials

Ty Davis-Price (3rd round) running back to say that he is here to help win the 49th Super Bowl. Championship hopes? Dang right. Eventually, he won the national championship of college football at LSU in 2019 as a freshman backup.

“I’ve been a champion at all levels of my life and in high school,” said Davis-Price, who attended Southern Lab High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “That’s what I expect so I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Davis-Price said he won track titles in high school as well, covering the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds at more than 230 pounds. He plans to play as a 49ers rookie at 220 to 222 pounds, and his style shows how the 49ers will take on more of a power-driven personality.

“I just love contact. Defender, they don’t want that,” Davis-Price said.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Danny Gray (86) runs practice during the NFL Rookie Mini-Camp at Lewis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, May 13, 2022.  (Photo by Josie Lepe)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Danny Gray (86) runs practice during the NFL Rookie Mini-Camp at Lewis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, May 13, 2022. (Photo by Josie Lepe)

gray’s busy day

Wide receiver Danny Gray caught four passes in team practice during Friday’s minicamp practice – after a fall of the first – and it’s not just his 4.33 pace that’s clear. His muscularly-defined legs come with a smooth stride, even as he runs back into the herd. He did this with a white towel hanging from his left hip that brought back memories of Jerry Rice’s “Flash 80” days.

When asked if he was prepared to catch a pass from the strong-armed Trey Lance, Gray mentioned how well he did with Colin Kaepernick in his March workout in Dallas, saying: “He also likes a bazooka. That workout was awesome so I think I’m ready for work. … My impression of working with a Super Bowl quarterback, a great quarterback at the time, it was really a surreal moment for me. That Was a great dude. He is a legend in my book.”

Gray said he would not hold back from physical contact, noting: “No blocks, no rocks.” True, and if there is no rock (ball) coming his way, he can still better block.

research and development

If this offensive line business doesn’t work out for sixth-rounder Nick Jakelj—he certainly looks promising at 6-foot-6, 316 pounds—his Fordham education prepared him for his backup plan. He wants to work in data analytics in football or baseball. That field attracted him as a second year in college, noting: “You’ll always surf like BaseballReference.com. The best thing ever was Barry Bonds’ baseball reference page, my favorite site in general, And was looking at that 2004 page. It’s so crazy.”

Burford’s Humility

OK, it was weird to see Joe Staley’s former number 74 on a rookie, maybe even wrong. Then again, these numbers are not permanent. Offensive lineman Spencer Burford, a fourth-round draft pick, donned Staley’s old points. Staley would certainly appreciate Burford’s approach to life.

“I’m nobody, but I’m one at the same time,” said Burford, who stayed home for college to help promote the Texas-San Antio program. “I’m no bigger than anyone in this room. I’m a true person. I love true love, too.

“I think the best version of myself is to be real. Now that you’re on a different platform you don’t need to treat people ugly. I have to carry myself a certain way. But I like a At the same time don’t underestimate anyone.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (14) throws the ball during the NFL Rookie Mini-Camp at Lewis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, May 13, 2022.  (Photo by Josie Lepe)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (14) throws the ball during the NFL Rookie Mini-Camp at Lewis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, May 13, 2022. (Photo by Josie Lepe)

New QB on the Block

Brock Purdy put a fine zip on the ball with precision, including a few passes caught in gray traffic.

“I’ve met Trey Lance and Nate Sudfeld, and they’re welcoming me with open arms right now and they’ve been great people so far,” said Purdy, who had yet to meet current starter Jimmy Garoppolo. “I’m excited to be in the room and learn from and compete with them.”

Purdy was the draft’s 262nd and final pick, meaning he’s looking forward to more details on this year’s “irrelevant events at Mr. Newport Beach.” He’s awaiting further details on the “four-day process of having fun.”

UCF defensive tackle Kalia Davis meets with media after Pro Day inside Nicholson Fieldhouse on Friday.  (Jason Beede, Jason Beede)
UCF defensive tackle Kalia Davis meets with media after Pro Day inside Nicholson Fieldhouse on Friday. (Jason Beede, Jason Beede)

future earnings

Defensive tackle Kalia Davis worked the side during practice, and is likely what she will do in her rookie season as she recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament tear last fall. Upon his drafting in the sixth round, general manager John Lynch compared him to DJ Jones, who signed a $30 million deal with the Broncos.

“That’s a huge compliment,” Davis said in response. “I feel good after he says this. But I’m not trying to mold myself after that. I’m trying to enter the game and pave my way. But when a legend like John Lynch does that Saying something and the DJ has got $30 million, it makes me feel good.”

Mister. Multifaceted talent?

Jason Poe, an aggressive offensive lineman outside Mercer, packs a lot of versatility into his 300-pound frame. He would initially start out as an internal offensive lineman, and when he’s got the range and hand as a community-college fullback, he may also look fine as a defensive tackle, though the 49ers didn’t indicate that. Have given.

“I just love physicality, hitting people over and over, stopping them,” Poe said of his fullback days.

people who try

The 49ers have absolutely no holes in their starting lineup for any rookie to fill, much less unapologetic ones, and an even longer shot are those who auditioned on Friday. That said, good efforts were made by wide receivers Keke Chism and Taysir Mack, trailing cornerbacks Shahman Moore and Cyrus Habibi-Likio, the latter of whom was on local pro day.

familiar supervisor

Lance watched from afar toward the end of Friday’s practice run by the rookies; He has another Saturday. …looking over the edge was former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who had coached the Denver Broncos for the past three years. He said Fangio lives in Florida and can come here occasionally to watch the city practice. … Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan stood next to each other to watch most of the practice.

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