2019 NFL mock draft: 49ers should use No. 2 overall pick on edge rusher


2019 NFL mock draft: 49ers should use No. 2 overall pick on edge rusher

The 49ers’ 2018 NFL season is barely one day old, and it’s already time to talk about the 2019 draft.

Since they finished 4-12, the 49ers will own the No. 2 overall pick, and their needs are apparent. They must improve a defense that set an NFL record for the fewest takeaways with just seven, and allowed the fifth-most points in the league at 27.2 per game.

Those stats indicate a lack of a pass rush, and luckily for the 49ers, this year’s draft class isn’t short on talented edge rushers who can get to the quarterback and disrupt running lanes.

Here’s a selection from various NFL mock drafts highlighting players the 49ers might/should/could take, come April:

Bleacher Report: Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky
What they’re saying: “Kentucky's Josh Allen dominated the SEC this season with 18.5 tackles for a loss and 14 sacks while showing the length, burst and power on a 6'5", 260-pound frame that will get scouts excited. Barring a wild trade scenario to land Bosa, this is the next best move for a team desperate to add a pass rush.”

Newsday: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
What they’re saying: “Quinnen Williams is the latest Crimson Tide defensive lineman to get early-round draft attention. The redshirt sophomore dominated against top offensive linemen and has the power and instincts to impact both the run and pass.”

NFLDraftScout.com: Nick Bosa, OLB/DE, Ohio State
What’s they saying: “Bosa is the spittin' image of his older brother, Joey, which is to say that he's a future Pro Bowl edge rusher. He's all the more likely to live up to his talent playing opposite a rising star in DeForest Buckner.”

SB Nation: Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky
What’s they’re saying: “Allen going this high will be dependent on him having a great showing at the NFL Scouting Combine in a couple months. If his timing numbers are off, the 49ers will have a tough decision to make. Would they really Alabama’s Quinnen Williams after taking DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead recently?”

Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory


Watch 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play from memory

If you're like me, you can't remember anything. This is the part where I say, "I can barely remember what I had for breakfast," but you caught me on a good day.

Toast with butter and strawberry jelly, and scrambled eggs -- with ketchup, because I'm weird. 

So when it comes to remembering an entire football play  ... well, that's why some of us play the sport -- and others just watch it.

Listen to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan recite his longest play:

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has to memorize these types of plays, which is insane. Then has to relay the information to the huddle -- yeah I know, you know football. I'm just trying to remind you of the steps. But at least Jimmy G gets to repeat the play at least one additional time, right?

That should be enough. 

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I asked five-year veteran quarterback Sean Salisbury about the longest play he had to memorize in his NFL career.

"Explode to double right, Zoom, Scat right 585 Dodge, X Post check with me 60 outside. Double cadence on 2," Salisbury told NBC Sports Bay Area. "That’s one."

So Shanahan isn't the only "wizard" in this scenario -- or any of the scenarios. 

Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting


Chip Kelly 'not surprised' ex-49ers assistant prevented school shooting

Chip Kelly knows the type of person Keanon Lowe is. It's why Kelly recruited Lowe as a football player at the University of Oregon, and years later had him on his staffs with the Eagles and 49ers as an assistant.

When Lowe prevented a school shooting Friday at Parkrose High in Portland, Ore., Kelly wasn't surprised at all. In fact, what the now-UCLA coach wanted to know was Lowe's form in going from a former receiver to a defensive player in a heroic act.

“I wanted to know his [tackling] technique,” Kelly said Saturday to Scott Osler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He told me it was like when he was on kickoff coverage, it really didn’t matter how you tackled 'em as long as you got 'em to the ground.”

Lowe now is the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose. The school was on a 23-game losing streak when he arrived, and Kelly isn't surprised Lowe would step into a situation so far from the NFL.

"He’s just a special person that’s always wanting to help and serve," Kelly said. "He’s the type of kid you just want to be around him. He’s a special young man, and I think everybody is fortunate he was where he was yesterday afternoon.”

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Lowe played two seasons under Kelly at Oregon. He made 18 tackles on special teams between his freshman and sophomore years.