It’s not much of a surprise that Mike Singletary isn’t handing out starting spots on the offensive line to his two first-round picks from last month’s draft, Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati.
Singletary told Bay Area-reporters Monday that he’s delivered the message to Davis and Iupati that their draft status as the No. 11 and 17 overall picks, respectively, doesn’t earn them a starting job.
“I think one of the things that we’re going to do is, just because we drafted a guy in the first round, we’re not going to bring him in and put him in as a starter right away,” Singletary said. “I want to make sure, for both of those guys, that we really listen to them. When they get out here, they’re going to dictate, they’re going to tell us they’re ready. More than anything right now, it’s the learning curve.”
Still, it’s expected Iupati will earn the starting spot at left guard, with Davis doing the same at right tackle. For now, they’re working on the second team, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, and competing with David Baas and Adam Snyder.
The 49ers did announce the signing of one rookie — seventh-round draft choice CB Phillip Adams — to a four-year contract on Monday.