Thursday, May 15, 2014

49ers sign Carlos Hyde, Dontae Johnson

The 49ers have two more draft picks under contract.

Tailback Carlos Hyde and cornerback Dontae Johnson signed four-year deals on Thursday, the team announced.

The club’s second-round pick, the 6-foot, 230-pound Hyde rushed for 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns on 523 carries in four seasons with Ohio State (2010-2013). He also caught 34 passes for 271 yards and four TDs. Hyde will likely vie for carries behind starter Frank Gore this season.

A fourth-round pick from North Carolina State, Johnson (6-2, 200) recorded 217 tackles and three interceptions in his career with the Wolfpack.

“Runs 4.44, verified. Has played safety. Has played corner. Versatility. Intelligence. Very smart football player and an A-plus-plus character guy,” 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke said of Johnson after the draft, according to the club.

Baalke has indicated Johnson will play corner for San Francisco.

The 49ers have now signed 5-of-12 draft picks. Safety Jimmie Ward, the club’s first-round pick, is among the seven selections who have yet to reach a deal.

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