Kyle Shanahan identifies what's more important than 49ers' draft slot


Kyle Shanahan identifies what's more important than 49ers' draft slot

SANTA CLARA – When Jimmy Garoppolo took over as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Dec. 3, the 49ers were in the conversation for the NFL's No. 1 overall draft pick.

But in the month of December, the 49ers got hot. And their possible No. 2 overall draft selection began to slide. The 49ers won their final five games to finish with a 6-10 record.

During the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next month, the 49ers and Raiders will take part in a coin flip to determine which teams select Nos. 9 and 10 in the first round. The tie-breaker to determine draft slot is strength of schedule. The 49ers and Raiders had identical strength of schedules of .512.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on the 49ers Insider Podcast that he has no regrets about all the winning that occurred down the stretch – long after the 49ers had been eliminated from playoff contention.

“I think the way it’s ended has been extremely important for us,” Shanahan said. “You never know until you get into that situation. I know that’s the dilemma every year. Everybody wants to win and then right after you do (win), everyone (says), ‘Well, you just cost yourself a draft choice’ and things like that.

“You never know until you get in it. Well, I was in it this year and there’s not any doubt in my mind that after each win we feel that’s a lot more important for this organization and what we’re doing here than whether we’re picking No. 2, 5 or 11.

“To me, what’s important is our team learning how to win; how to play together; how to care for each other; how to fight; how to play every single play, whether it’s the first play or the last play, all the same.”

The organization appears set up well for the future, in large part because of the improvement that was shown after the midseason trade to land Garoppolo. The 49ers’ offense finished the season ranked No. 12 in the NFL in total offensive yards.

The team does not have to execute an offseason plan to acquire a quarterback. And the club is expected to have more than $100 million in space under the salary cap, as well as nine draft picks, to enable general manager John Lynch plenty of options to improve the roster.

“We’re going to add free agents. We’re going to add draft picks,” Shanahan said. “We expect them to be good people and good players, and hopefully we can get them to be part of what we established this year.”

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts


Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.