Shortly after Matt Barrows informed us that fifth-round pick Quinton Dial had agreed to terms on his 49ers rookie contract, Matt Maiocco added the three seventh round picks. Maiocco indicated QB B.J. Daniels, OT Carter Bykowski and CB Marcus Cooper have all agreed to terms.
As with Dial, the four seventh round picks will sign four-year contracts. According to Over The Cap's rookie pool projections, Daniels would receive a signing bonus of $46,512, while Bykowski and Cooper would each get bonuses of $45,896. All three contracts would total up in the $2.2 million range. These projections appear to be confirmed by Aaron Wilson.
Seventh-round picks are always tough ones to figure out when considering the long-term perspective. The 49ers have had mixed success with their seventh-round picks over the years. Past performance does not indicate future returns, but it's still interesting to consider late-round picks.
The 49ers two best seventh-round picks have to be fullback Bruce Miller and defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois. Miller is on his way to potentially becoming a Pro Bowl fullback, while RJF developed into a strong utility option on the defensive line, earning a big contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
Of course, the team also has had plenty of picks not pan out. Mike Person spent a season on the 49ers roster before being released in 2012. Phillip Adams made the roster, broke his ankle late in 2010, and was then released during training camp in 2011. Curtis Holcomb ruptured his Achilles as a rookie, spent a season on IR and was then released the following year. Curtis Taylor did not pan out, although he returned briefly last season.
Last year the team drafted linebacker Cam Johnson. He was released at the end of training camp and was then signed to the practice squad. He was eventually promoted from the practice squad in December after Clark Haggans suffered a shoulder injury. He will be in the mix battling for outside linebacker playing time with a host of bodies, including Parys Haralson, Darius Fleming and 2013 pick Corey Lemonier.
All in all, it's a mixed bag for this year's seventh-round class. Daniels seems destined for the practice squad, although I suppose if he can show he's a halfway decent passer, he could get an edge with his athleticism. Considering he expects to be playing some special teams as well, who knows what will happen.
Bykowski will get his chances at offensive tackle, and with the team potentially needing a swing tackle, he will be one to watch, alongside Luke Marquardt. The 49ers have a lot of offensive guards on the lineup, but a limited number of options at offensive tackle. The opportunity is there for Bykowski to make an impact.
Cooper is in a tricky situation. He was never a regular starter at Rutgers, having converted from wide receiver to cornerback. He brings size to the position, which is always a plus as the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league. Maiocco suggested practice squad was the most likely option if he showed something, and that makes perfect sense to me.