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.

First round (No. 9): OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
Second round (No. 44): WR Dante Pettis, Washington
Third round (No. 70): LB Fred Warner, BYU
Third round (No. 95): DB Tarvarius Moore, Southern Mississippi
Fourth round (No. 128): DE Kentavius Street, North Carolina State
Fifth round (No. 142): CB D.J. Reed, Kansas State
Sixth round (No. 184): S Marcell Harris, Florida
Seventh round (No. 223): DT Jullian Taylor, Temple
Seventh round (No. 240): WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee State

Watch 49ers' Javon Kinlaw replicate Aaron Donald knife training drill

Watch 49ers' Javon Kinlaw replicate Aaron Donald knife training drill

Javon Kinlaw isn't afraid of a few deadly weapons.

The 49ers rookie showed off a seemingly dangerous drill on social media Friday in a video posted by defensive line trainer Cam Spence.

You're correct, those are in fact a pair of knives being wielded and sent in Kinlaw's direction as he bats them away. We've seen a similar drill from two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

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Kinlaw was the 49ers' first selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, going No. 14 overall. The South Carolina product plugged up the middle for the Gamecocks' defense, picking up six sacks and recovering two fumbles. He likely will have an immediate chance to contribute, as All-Pro DeForest Buckner's departure to Indianapolis leaves a void in the 49ers' defensive line.

The rookie, along with a few returning players looking to earn a contract, will be imperative to make sure that void is filled in order for the 49ers to replicate the dominance the team enjoyed in 2019.

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49ers' Brandon Aiyuk sixth-best rookie receiver in Madden 21 ratings

49ers' Brandon Aiyuk sixth-best rookie receiver in Madden 21 ratings

The Brandon Aiyuk hype among 49ers fans has grown exponentially ever since he was drafted 25th overall in April.

The sixth receiver to come off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, Aiyuk is expected to make an immediate impact with his elite breakaway speed, which he showcased numerous times during his two seasons at Arizona State.

But based on the just-released Madden 21 ratings, Aiyuk isn't even among the fastest wide receivers in his rookie class. In fact, he's just the sixth-best rookie wideout according to the video game's new ratings, checking in at 72 overall.

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The rookie receivers' overall ratings were almost identical to their draft positions, with the Denver Broncos' Jerry Jeudy and the Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb swapping places being the only alteration.

When it comes to speed, however, Aiyuk checks in as the 10th-fastest rookie wide receiver, behind a handful of players drafted well behind him.

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Aiyuk's 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine wasn't exactly elite (4.54 seconds), but during his senior season, he was tracked with a top in-game speed of 21.97 mph -- a mark bested by just three NFL players in 2019.

Game speed is different than track speed, and Aiyuk brings game speed in spades every time he takes the field.

Guessing those ratings might be adjusted once Aiyuk actually sees some on-field action in a 49ers uniform.