Of course, with both being Pac-Ten athletes, these two had met before they came to the 49ers.
Williams early impact could be exceptional for a sixth-round selection. Having a small, quick, sure-handed slot receiver might be just what the doctor ordered for the 49ers ailing third down percentage; they converted just 65 of 218 attempts on third down in 2009.
Williams brings a quick and aggressive style to the field, and his professional sporting pedigree is very real. Ken Williams, his father, is the general manager for the Chicago White Sox, and his grandfather Jerry Williams was a track star in the 1960s.
Kyle played center field in college as well, but chose football after Arizona State coach (and former 49ers coach) Dennis Erickson urged him to focus on the sport. The experience of fielding pop flies could come in handy, as Williams will be one of several receivers also competing to return kicks as well.
Taylor Mays, however, is a different creature entirely. The super-sized safety from USC had a reputation early as a devastating hitter.
An outstanding combine and pro day, in which Mays displayed incredible speed and strength, had most experts penciling him in as an almost certain first rounder.
Perhaps it was the stalled production over his final seasons at USC, but Mays managed to drop all the way to the middle of the second round.
Mays has impressed many onlookers in organized team activities, and gives the 49ers much needed speed in the secondary. Catch-up speed. Big-play speed. Drive-the-opposing-quarterback-crazy speed.
With the right coaching—which it's nice to think the 49ers provide—Mays could make a very big impact on a talented and physical secondary this year, especially from nickel and dime personnel groupings.
There could be a come-out-of-nowhere-to-make-the-play pick-six in his future, or even a knock-him-out-and-scoop-the-ball fumble recovery to the house in 2010.