2018 49ers pre-draft tracker


2018 49ers pre-draft tracker

The 49ers figure to bring in a lot of the top non-quarterback prospects in the draft for visits to Santa Clara.

Each team is allowed 30 visits. The 49ers will meet at their facility with many more on April 18 during their local pro day, as athletes who attended high school or college in the area do not count against the 30 visits. Athletes from Stanford, Cal and San Jose State are permitted to attend the 49ers' local pro day.

Here is a list of the 49ers' reported visits with the NFL draft scheduled for April 26-28 (projected round from NFL.com):

--WR Dante Pettis, Washington (NBC Sports Bay Area): Pettis (6-0, 186) has the versatility and route-running ability to line up outside or in the slot. He caught 22 TD passes in his final two seasons in college, and set an NCAA record with nine career punt returns for a TD. Round projection: 2-3.

--WR Auden Tate, Florida State (NBC Sports Bay Area): Tate (6-5, 228) used his size to come down with 10 TD passes last season, but there are questions whether he has the speed to separate. Round projection:  4-5.

--WR Byron Pringle, Kansas State (Houston Chronicle): Pringle (6-2, 205) has big-play ability as a receiver and returner. Took advantage of fresh start after multiple arrests as a youth. Round projection:  6-7.

--C James Daniels, Iowa (Hawkeye Nation): Daniels (6-3, 306) is athletic and a good fit for Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme, but there is little need after the signing of free agent Weston Richburg. Round projection: 2.

--C Billy Price, Ohio State (Sacramento Bee): Price (6-4, 312) won the Remington Trophy as college football's best center. He is strong, tough and aggressive. He sustained a partially torn pectoral during the bench press at the combine. A physical would have been a major part of his visit to the 49ers. Round projection: 2.

--OT Brian O’Neill, Pittsburgh (NBC Sports Bay Area)O’Neill (6-7, 305) moved from tight end to offensive tackle before the 2015 season. He started 37 games in a row in his three college seasons before declaring for the NFL draft. After playing right tackle for two seasons, he moved to the left side and was first-team All-ACC as a junior. His athleticism was utilized to score two TDs on trick plays. Round projection: 2-3

--DE Harold Landry, Boston College (NFL Network): Landry (6-3, 252) decided to return for his senior season after recording 16.5 sacks during a breakout season. He battled an ankle injury and saw his production plummet. He tested exceptionally well at the combine, so the physical tools are all there. Round projection: 1.

--DE Arden Key, LSU (NFL Network): Key (6-6, 238) recorded 11 sacks as a sophomore, but slumped to four sacks before turning pro. He walked away from the team in the spring, then reappeared 30 pounds overweight. Round projection: 1-2.

--DE Kemoko Turay, Rutgers (NBC Sports): Turay (6-5, 252) recorded four sacks in his final college season after undergoing two surgeries on his right shoulder before the season. Had a strong week at the Senior Bowl. Round projection: 2-3.

--LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech (Sacramento Bee): Edmunds (6-5, 253) is 19 years old, big, freakishly athletic and has tremendous room to improve. The options for how he can be utilized in the NFL are limitless. Round projection: 1.

--LB Roquan Smith, Georgia (NBC Sports Bay Area): Smith (6-1, 236) is an option in the first round, with the No. 9 pick. He is a three-down linebacker with his ability in pass coverage. Round projection: 1.

--LB Jerome Baker, Ohio State (NBC Sports): Baker (6-1, 229) has the athleticism to be a three-down weakside linebacker with his combination of size and speed. Round projection: 2-3

--LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (NFL Network): Carter (6-6, 250) is likely a Day 2 pick with potential to develop as a pass-rusher. He has 9.5 sacks over his last two college seasons. Round projection:  2-3.

--LB Fred Warner, BYU (NBC Sports Bay Area): Warner (6-3, 227) showed his versatility in college. His best fit at the next level is not clear cut. At the Senior Bowl, he played inside linebacker. In the 49ers' scheme, he is most likely a weakside linebacker. Round projection: 3-4.

--LB/DB Foye Oluokon, Yale (NFLDraftScout.com): Oluokon (6-2, 215) has garnered interest from teams because of his versatility. He was passed over for the Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, so there is a lot that needs to be learned about him. Round projection: 7-FA.

--CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State (NFL Network): Ward (5-10, 191) is considered the top coverman in the draft, but there are questions whether he has the size and physicality for 49ers' scehemeRound projection: 1.

--CB Josh Jackson, Iowa (NBC Sports Bay Area): Jackson (6-1, 192) has the size the 49ers desire from the cornerback position. He turned pro after a junior season in which he led the nation with eight intercetpions. He also had 26 pass breakups and opposing quarterbacks’ passer rating was 36.5 when throwing to his side, according to Pro Football Focus. Round projection: 1-2.

--CB Tarvarus McFadden, Florida State (NBC Sports): McFadden (6-2, 198) is the kind of press corner with good height and long arms who could fit well as a player to develop as a backup to Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon. Round projection: 5-6.

--CB Christian Campbell, Penn State (NFL Network): Campbell (6-1, 195) has the long frame but needs to get a lot stronger to effectively play press converage in the 49ers' scheme. Round projection: 6-7.

--DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (Sacramento Bee): Fitzpatrick (6-1, 201) will be one of the first DBs to be selected. He can line up anywhere in the secondary and has a knack for finding the ball. Round projection: 1.

--S Kyzir White, West Virginia (NBC Sports Bay Area): White (6-2, 218) played a hybrid safety/linebacker position in college, which makes him a perfect candidate to play strong safety in the 49ers' scheme. Round projection: 2-3.

1. First round: No. 9 overall (own pick)
2. Second round: No. 59 overall (New Orleans pick acquired in 2017 draft-day trade)
3. Third round: No. 70 (own pick)
4. Third round: No. 74 overall (Chicago pick acquired in 2017 draft-day trade)
5. Fourth round: No. 128 overall (Pittsburgh pick acquired in 2017 trade of Vance McDonald)
6. Fifth round: No. 143 overall (N.Y. Jets pick acquired in 2017 trade of Rashard Robinson)
7. Sixth round: No. 184 (own pick)
8. Seventh round: No. 223 overall (Miami pick acquired in 2018 trade of Daniel Kilgore)
9. Seventh round: No. 240 overall (Kansas City pick acquired in 2016 trade of Kenneth Acker)

*-Second round, own pick, traded to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo
*-Fourth round, own pick, traded to Denver for Kapri Bibbs and a 2017 fifth-round pick
*-Fifth round, own pick, traded along with Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh for 2018 fourth-round pick
*-Seventh round, own pick, traded along with Kilgore to Miami for 2018 seventh-round pick

Eric Reid presents Colin Kaepernick Ambassador of Conscience Award

Eric Reid presents Colin Kaepernick Ambassador of Conscience Award

AMSTERDAM — Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job.

Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

In his acceptance speech, the award-winner described police killings of African Americans and Latinos in the United States as lawful lynchings.

"Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex," Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality.

"How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, 'freedom and justice for all,' that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?" he said at Saturday's award ceremony.

Other players joined his protest in the 2016 season, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players.

In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan.

Kaepernick wasn't signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco.

Reid, a safety who is now a free agent, continued Kaepernick's protests by kneeling during the anthem last season. Reid has said he will take a different approach in 2018.

Kaepernick paid tribute to his friend for his own role in the protest movement.

"Eric introducing me for this prestigious award brings me great joy," Kaepernick said. "But I am also pained by the fact that his taking a knee, and demonstrating courage to protect the rights of black and brown people in America, has also led to his ostracization from the NFL when he is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the game and in the prime of his career."

Amnesty hands its award each year to a person or organization, "dedicated to fighting injustice and using their talents to inspire others."

Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination."

Previous recipients of the award include anti-Apartheid campaigner and South African President Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who campaigned for girls' right to education even after surviving being shot by Taliban militants.

"In truth, this is an award that I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force," Kaepernick said.

Five NFL Draft options if 49ers make first-round trade

Five NFL Draft options if 49ers make first-round trade

The 49ers have their starting and backup quarterbacks on the roster for at least the next three seasons. That luxury opens up their draft options to concentrate on other areas.

Quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen could be selected within the first eight picks of the draft. If those four quarterbacks are chosen, it means the 49ers will get – at worst – the fifth-ranked player on their draft board.

And if there is still one of those quarterbacks available when the 49ers go on the clock at No. 9 overall, it invites the possibility of a trade-back option.

The 49ers could trade back and still get one of the five players – Tremaine Edmunds, Roquan Smith, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport – highlighted as first-round draft options.

But if the 49ers move further back or acquire an additional pick in the first round, here are some of their options...

OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
The 49ers must start thinking about a time when two new offensive tackles are going to be required. McGlinchey (6-8, 312) began his career at right tackle before shifting to the left side. That versatility could come in handy for the 49ers, as right tackle Trent Brown enters the final year of his contract and might not be back in 2019. Moreover, six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley is 34 years old, and it is uncertain how much longer he can play at a high level. McGlinchey has the athleticism that Shanahan covets. He began high school as a tight end and also played on the basketball team.

OT Kolton Miller, UCLA
Miller is an exceptional athlete who should get better and better. He ran the third-fastest time among offensive linemen at the combine and placed near the top of all the other agility drills. Miller started off his college career on the right side before shifting over to protect the blind side of quarterback Josh Rosen. With any offensive lineman the 49ers select, the club could consider having him begin his career at guard before moving him to tackle whenever the need arises.

CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
Jackson was among the 49ers’ final pre-draft visits to Santa Clara. The team needs another cornerback to join presumptive starters Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon. At 6-0 3/8, Jackson is not as tall as initially advertised, but his style of play and long arms would fit well within the 49ers’ scheme. He has great instincts, as shown by his nation-leading eight interceptions and 26 pass breakups.

WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
The consensus best wide receiver in the draft could provide Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan with another option in the passing game to join starters Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin. Garçon is the possession receiver and Goodwin is the deep threat. Ridley is versatile and polished, which makes him a nice chess piece to utilize early in his career for specific matchups.

WR Courtland Sutton, SMU
It should be noted that the 49ers like their receiver corps, a group that also includes Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne. But Sutton (6-3, 219) would give the 49ers more size to exploit matchups. He gets high marks off the field. There is no rush to get him out there before he is ready. The 49ers can take their time to develop him, as they would have him under their control contractually for five seasons. He has spent time learning from Anquan Boldin.