49ers sign top draft pick Ward, third-rounder Borland 

click to enlarge First-round pick Jimmie Ward agreed to a four-year deal with the 49ers on Thursday. - RICK OSENTOSKI/AP FILE PHOTO
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  • First-round pick Jimmie Ward agreed to a four-year deal with the 49ers on Thursday.

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers signed first-round draft pick safety Jimmie Ward and third-round selection Chris Borland to four-year contracts. Ward was selected 30th overall this month out of Northern Illinois. The team announced the deals Thursday ahead of their rookie minicamp starting today.

The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Ward started all 14 games at strong safety last season, leading the Huskies with 95 tackles -- 62 solo -- with a 10-yard sack and 10 pass deflections. While starting 39 of 55 games for his career, 12 of those came at left cornerback.

Borland was the second of three third-round picks at 77th overall. He ended his Wisconsin career as the school's sixth-leading tackler with 410. The linebacker had 15 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and 17 sacks.

Only three of the 49ers' 12 draft picks remain unsigned: third-round offensive lineman Marcus Martin, third-round offensive lineman Brandon Thomas and fourth-round receiver Bruce Ellington.

NOTE: The last seat at the 49ers' new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara was installed Thursday. The stadium will seat 68,500 fans during games.

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