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49ers sign five of their eight rookies from 2021 draft class

May 13, 2021 at 1:47 PM--


Earlier today, ESPN reported that the San Francisco 49ers had signed offensive lineman Aaron Banks, a second-round draft pick, to his four-year rookie deal. The team has also signed four others — offensive lineman Jaylon Moore, cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, safety Talanoa Hufanga, and running back Elijah Mitchell.

Aaron Wilson first reported the news. The signings were later announced by the team.


The 49ers selected Moore out of Western Michigan in the fifth round with the No. 155 overall pick. Lenoir of Oregon was also a fifth-round pick, No. 172 overall. Hufanga of USC was the last of the three fifth-round picks. He was selected No. 180 overall. San Francisco made Mitchell of Louisiana a sixth-round pick, No. 194 overall.

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The signings leave quarterback Trey Lance, running back Trey Sermon, and cornerback Ambry Thomas as the only unsigned draft picks. The team begins a three-day rookie minicamp tomorrow.



Moore appeared in 36 games (26 starts) in five years (2016-20) at Western Michigan. He played in all six games as a redshirt senior in 2020 and blocked for a Western Michigan offense that ranked fourth in the MAC in yards per game (479.7).

Moore started all 13 games in 2019 and helped the Broncos finish with a top-three MAC ranking in total offensive yards per game (445.7). He started all 13 games in 2018 and was part of an offensive line that allowed the second-fewest sacks per game (1.54 avg.) in the MAC. The offensive lineman appeared in five games in 2017 as a redshirt freshman and did not see game action in 2016.

Thanks to the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which runs through the 2030 season, all rookie contracts are for a length of four years.

The total value of Moore's four-year contract is believed to be $3,803,036, or very close to that amount, according to OverTheCap.com. That includes a signing bonus of $323,036 and a 2021 salary-cap figure of $740,759.



Lenoir registered 35 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble through six games as a senior in 2020, per Sports Reference. He recorded 158 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 21 passes defensed, six interceptions, and two forced fumbles through his four collegiate seasons.

The total value of Lenoir's four-year contract is believed to be $3,764,868, or very close to that amount, per OverTheCap.com. That includes a signing bonus of $284,868 and a 2021 salary-cap figure of $731,217.



Hufanga registered 62 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, a pass defensed, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles through six games as a junior in 2020, per Sports Reference. He recorded 203 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, four interceptions, and four forced fumbles through his three collegiate seasons.

The total value of Hufanga's four-year contract is believed to be $3,720,156, or very close to that amount, per OverTheCap.com. That includes a signing bonus of $240,156 and a 2021 salary-cap figure of $720,039.



Mitchell carried the football 141 times for 878 yards with eight rushing touchdowns while adding 16 receptions for 153 yards through 10 games as a senior in 2020, per Sports Reference. The running back's best statistical season came in 2019 when he racked up 1,147 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns on 198 carries while adding 10 receptions for 70 yards and another score.

Mitchell had 3,267 rushing yards on 527 attempts with 41 rushing touchdowns through his four collegiate seasons.

The total value of Mitchell's four-year contract is believed to be $3,663,576, or very close to that amount, per OverTheCap.com. That includes a signing bonus of $183,576 and a 2021 salary-cap figure of $705,894.

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