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

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

In case you didn't have cell phone reception over the weekend and missed it, Jerry Rice made it official ...

"I'm the f***ing best football player of all time," Rice declared while in Tahoe for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

In football, we typically separate the "best ever" by position group because it's hard to determine the best player overall. So, it's basically unanimous that Rice is the best wide receiver to ever play.

But what made him so special?

"The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at -- Jerry Rice is the best conditioned athlete I've ever seen," Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said Monday on Fox Sports 1. "He took training to whole another level. ... Jerry Rice wasn't fast on the clock, but he had game speed. I never saw anyone catch him.

"He was the No. 1 football player ever at catch and run. They didn't talk about yards after catch until Jerry Rice. The No. 1 focused and disciplined athlete that I've ever been around."

Rice holds NFL records in touchdowns (208), receiving yards (22,895) and receptions (1,549) -- to name a few ...

Richard Sherman bluntly explains how the Seahawks 'lost their way'


Richard Sherman bluntly explains how the Seahawks 'lost their way'

How does Richard Sherman really feel about the Seahawks? Well, you don't have to wonder.

The 49ers cornerback pretty much laid it all out there to Robert Klemko of the MMQB.

“They’ve lost their way. It’s as simple as that," Sherman said. "They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you gotta make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.

"When we were rolling, it was an environment for pure competitors. When it becomes something else, then it’s more difficult to thrive in, and I think that’s what was tough on Earl (Thomas), that’s what was tough on a lot of guys. But I think as it kind of progressed, you start seeing the writing on the wall.

"You’re like, ‘Not only are they probably moving in a different direction,’ but it’s like, ‘Ah, well, I kind of want to move in a different direction, too.’ So it happens like that. All great things must come to an end, I guess.

“I’m not even going to worry about it now. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

Sherman, who spent seven seasons in Seattle, isn't worried about what happened and is happening there, but back in March, he made it clear that one reason he signed with the 49ers was because of the opportunity to face the Seahawks twice per season.

The 49ers are scheduled to play in Seattle on Dec. 2 and host the Seahawks on Dec. 16.