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2019 NFL Scouting Combine invitations extended to 338 draft prospects

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2019 NFL Scouting Combine invitations extended to 338 draft prospects

Seven players from Stanford and one apiece from San Jose State and UC Davis comprise Northern California's presentation among the list of 338 draft-eligible prospects the league has invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Oakland A's draft pick Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, has been invited to participate in the combine, the NFL announced. The A's selected Murray No. 9 overall in the June amateur draft. He likely will be a first-round NFL draft pick, too.

The annual event in Indianapolis runs from Feb. 26 through March 4. The 49ers, who own the No. 2 overall pick in April's NFL draft, and the Raiders, who have three first-round selections, will get in-person looks at the prospects in drills at Lucas Oil Stadium.  

Running back Bryce Love and wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside top the list of Stanford players, while San Jose State is represented by tight end Josh Oliver and UC Davis sends wide receiver Keelan Doss.

Cal didn't have any players invited to the combine.

Here is the complete list of players invited, in alphabetical order, according to the NFL:

Johnathan Abram, DB, Mississippi State
Paul Adams, OL, Missouri
Nasir Adderley, DB, Delaware
Otaro Alaka, LB, Texas A&M
Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech
Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
Zach Allen, DL, Boston College
Bryson Allen-Williams, LB, South Carolina
Jeff Allison, LB, Fresno State
Azeez Al-Shaair, LB, Florida Atlantic
Ugo Amadi, DB, Oregon
Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
Blessuan Austin, DB, Rutgers
Jake Bailey, K, Stanford
Zack Bailey, OL, South Carolina
Derrick Baity, DB, Kentucky
Deandre Baker, DB, Georgia
Corey Ballentine, DB, Washburn
Ben Banogu, DL, TCU
Alex Barnes, RB, Kansas State
Alex Bars, OL, Notre Dame
Cody Barton, LB, Utah
Jackson Barton, OL, Utah
Ryan Bates, OL, Penn State
John Battle, DB, LSU
Terry Beckner, DL, Missouri
Mike Bell, DB, Fresno State
Beau Benzschawel, OL, Wisconsin
Marquise Blair, DB, Utah
Kendall Blanton, TE, Missouri
Kris Boyd, DB, Texas
Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
Garrett Bradbury, OL, N.C. State
Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall
Jordan Brailford, DL, Oklahoma State
Nick Brossette, RB, LSU
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Blace Brown, DB, Troy
Jordan Brown, DB, South Dakota State
Keenen Brown, TE, Texas State
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Jake Browning, QB, Washington
Austin Bryant, DL, Clemson
Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama
Sean Bunting, DB, Central Michigan
Brian Burns, DL, Florida State
Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Yodny Cajuste, OL, West Virginia
Shaq Calhoun, OL, Mississippi State
Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Malik Carney, DL, North Carolina
Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
Demarcus Christmas, DL, Florida State
L.J. Collier, DL, TCU
John Cominsky, DL, Charleston
Te'Von Coney, LB, Notre Dame
Ryan Connelly, LB, Wisconsin
C.J. Conrad, TE, Kentucky
Byron Cowart, DL, Maryland
Jonathan Crawford, DB, Indiana
Xavier Crawford, DB, Central Michigan
Maxx Crosby, DL, Eastern Michigan
Jamal Custis, WR, Syracuse
Dennis Daley, OL, South Carolina
Davante Davis, DB, Texas
Deshaun Davis, LB, Auburn
Felton Davis, WR, Michigan State
Jamal Davis, DL, Akron
Nate Davis, OL, North Carolina-Charlotte
Ryan Davis, WR, Auburn
Jamel Dean, DB, Auburn
Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin
Lukas Denis, DB, Boston College
Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State
D'Cota Dixon, DB, Wisconsin
Johnnie Dixon, WR, Ohio State
Tyrel Dodson, LB, Texas A&M
Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
Keelan Doss, WR, Cal Davis
Ashton Dulin, WR, Malone University (Ohio)
Chuma Edoga, OL, USC
David Edwards, OL, Wisconsin
Mike Edwards, DB, Kentucky
T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
Emeke Egbule, LB, Houston
Bobby Evans, OL, Oklahoma
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Rashad Fenton, DB, South Carolina
Jaylon Ferguson, DL, Louisiana Tech
Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State
Clelin Ferrell, DL, Clemson
Mark Fields, DB, Clemson
Ryan Finley, QB, N.C. State
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Jack Fox, P, Rice
Hjalte Froholdt, OL, Arkansas
Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
Lamont Gaillard, OL, Georgia
Greg Gaines, DL, Washington
Malik Gant, DB, Marshall
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
Matt Gay, K, Utah
Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan
Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
Kevin Givens, DL, Penn State
Dan Godsil, LS, Indiana
Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia
Carl Granderson, DL, Wyoming
Derwin Gray, OL, Maryland
Gerri Green, DL, Mississippi State
Donnell Greene, OL, Minnesota
Ethan Greenridge, OL, Villanova
Dre Greenlaw, LB, Arkansas
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Porter Gustin, LB, USC
Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
Nate Hall, LB, Northwestern
Terez Hall, LB, Missouri
Saquan Hampton, DB, Rutgers
Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State
Chase Hansen, LB, Utah
Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Will Harris, DB, Boston College
N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Montre Hartage, DB, Northwestern
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Phil Haynes, OL, Wake Forest
Daniel Helm, TE, Duke
Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Nate Herbig, OL, Stanford
Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Trysten Hill, DL, Central Florida
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Alijah Holder, DB, Stanford
Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
Travis Homer, RB, Miami
Amani Hooker, DB, Iowa
Tytus Howard, OL, Alabama State
Albert Huggins, DL, Clemson
Lil'Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas
Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
Mitch Hyatt, OL, Clemson
Alec Ingold, RB, Wisconsin
Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
Martez Ivey, OL, Florida
Joe Jackson, DL, Miami
Mike Jackson, DB, Miami
Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Andre James, OL, UCLA
CeCe Jefferson, DL, Florida
Jalen Jelks, DL, Oregon
Elgton Jenkins, OL, Mississippi State
Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia
Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
Bisi Johnson, WR, Colorado State
Darryl Johnson, DL, North Carolina A&T
Devon Johnson, OL, Ferris State
Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
Fred Johnson, OL, Florida
Gary Johnson, LB, Texas
Isaiah Johnson, DB, Houston
Jaquan Johnson, DB, Miami
KJ Johnson, WR, Fresno State
Lonnie Johnson, DB, Kentucky
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Dre'Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
Jordan Jones, LB, Kentucky
Tyler Jones, OL, N.C. State
Mike Jordan, OL, Ohio State
Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
Kingsley Keke, DL, Texas A&M
Joseph Kendall, LB, Clemson
Brandon Knight, OL, Indiana
Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi
Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
Justin Layne, DB, Michigan State
Jonathan Ledbetter, DL, Georgia
Iman Lewis-Marshall, DB, USC
Christopher Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
Greg Little, OL, Mississippi
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Mississippi
David Long, DB, Michigan
David Long, LB, West Virginia
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Julian Love, DB, Notre Dame
Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
Daylon Mack, DL, Texas A&M
Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M
Kaleb McGary, OL, Washington
Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State
Mark McLaurin, DB, Mississippi State
Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Trace McSorely, QB, Penn State
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
Jakobi Meyers, WR, North Carolina State
Joshua Miles, OL, Morgan State
Christian Miller, LB, Alabama
Jordan Miller, DB, Washington
Shareef Miller, DL, Penn State
Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon
David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State
Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Stanley Morgan, WR, Nebraska
Trayvon Mullen, DB, Clemson
Byron Murphy, DB, Washington
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Nyqwan Murray, WR, Florida State
Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
Anthony Nelson, DL, Iowa
Yosh, Nijman, OL, Virginia Tech
Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh
Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas
Sua Opeta, OL, Weber State
Amani Oruwariye, DB, Penn Satte
Javon Patterson, OL, Mississippi
Jamal Peters, DB, Mississippi State
Ross Pierschbacher, OL, Alabama
Trey Pipkins, OL, Sioux Falls
Jachai Polite, DL, Florida
Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
Ryan Pope, OL, San Diego State
Bennett Powers, OL, Oklahoma
Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
Isaiah Prince, OL, Ohio State
Ryan Pulley, DB, Arkansas
Taylor Rapp, DB, Washington
Wyatt Ray, DL, Boston College
Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
Sheldrick Redwine, DB, Miami
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Tyler Roemer, OL, San Diego State
Dontavius Russell, DL, Auburn
Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
Dru Samia, OL, Oklahoma
Drew Sample, TE, Washington
Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
Khalen Saunders, DL, Western Illinois
Darnell Savage, DB, Maryland
Jordan Scarlett, RB, Florida
Max Scharping, OL, Northern Illinois
LJ Scott, RB, Michigan State
Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma
Kendall Sheffield, DB, Ohio State
Kyle Shurmur, QB, Vanderbilt
David Sills, WR, West Virginia
Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
Chris Slayton, DL, Syracuse
Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville
Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
Saivion Smith, DB, Alabama
Sutton Smith, DL, Northern Illinois
Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky
Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Ty Summers, LB, TCU
Montez Sweat, DL, Mississippi State
Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College
William Sweet, OL, UNC
Jordan Ta'amu, QB, Mississippi
Taki Takitaki, LB, BYU
Trevon Tate, OL, Memphis
Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii
Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida
Marvell Tell, DB, USC
Derrek Thomas, DB, Baylor
Cody Thompson, WR, Toledo
Deionte Thompson, DB, Alabama
Juan Thornhill, DB, Virginia
Clay Thorson, QB, Northwestern
Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
Cole Tracy, K, LSU
Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame
Oli Udoh, OL, Elon
Andrew Van Ginkel, LB, Wisconsin
D'Andre Walker, LB, Georgia
Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
Armon Watts, DL, Arkansas
Jamarius Way, WR, South Alabama
Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
Ken Webster, DB, Mississippi
Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia
Alex Wesley, WR, Northern Colorado
Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
Darius West, DB, Kentucky
Devin White, LB, LSU
Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Greedy Williams, DB, LSU
Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame
James Williams, RB, Washington State
Joejuan Wiliams, DB, Vanderbilt
Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
Gerald Willis, DL, Miami
Khari Willis, DB, Michigan State
Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
Donovan Wilson, DB, Texas A&M
Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Andrew Wingard, DB, Wyoming
Chase Winovich, DL, Michigan
Daniel Wise, DL, Kansas
Mitchell Wishnowsky, P, Utah
Zedrick Woods, DB, Mississippi
Evan Worthington, DB, Colorado
Renell Wren, DL, Arizona State
Oshane Ximines, DL, Old Dominion
Rock Ya-Sin, DB, Temple

Jed York compares 49ers' journey through muck to "Shawshank Redemption"

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Jed York compares 49ers' journey through muck to "Shawshank Redemption"

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers CEO Jed York was in a good mood Friday afternoon. He was sarcastic, funny and a bit self-deprecating during a 20-minute surprise interview session with reporters on hand for the final 49ers access period before the team leaves to play Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

It’s easy to find a smile with the 49ers doing so well. They dominated the regular season, rolled through the NFC playoffs and are now set to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 2 for the NFL title.

Just because the sun is now shining, it doesn't mean York has forgotten recent days with rainclouds overhead.

“I try to think every day about banners flying over the stadium asking for me to step down from the team,” York said with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “That’s always my favorite experience. No, I’m just focused on what we have to do. ... I am happy for our fans. Being in the Super Bowl seven years ago doesn't feel that long, except for the deep valley we went into in between.”

The 49ers now have a chance to do something great. They can add a sixth Lombardi Trophy to their collection with one more win this season.

They can do so right after emerging from a dark era that included two disappointing seasons to start the Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch regime. York expected that when he gave his head coach and general manager six-year contracts. Looking back, York is glad he decided to offer such long-term deals. He wanted stability after several seasons of turmoil.

“I think I’m still paying, like, three coaches,” York said with a smile. “I thought, 'If we’re going to pay them, we might as well pay the same one for six years. Seems like a good idea to me.' It was clear that [Shanahan and I] had the vision and sync. I know that it was a six-year deal but, to me, it was two years of fixing what we needed to fix and then this was Year One of a four-year deal. It was important knowing that Kyle is someone that I can work with and John is someone I can work with to get through the tough stuff.”

The tough stuff. 49ers fans know all about that after suffering through some terrible seasons after the Jim Harbaugh era ended. York evoked “Shawshank Redemption” when describing the journey through bad times to reach this good one. The description was both apt and dead-on accurate.

“I made an Andy Dufresne reference earlier. Everybody wants to get to the beach at the end [of "Shawshank Redemption"], but no one wants to go through what he went through to get to the beach,” York said. “We had to get through that. Kyle and John were guys I knew could help us get through that. I wanted to send a message to our fans and our team that these guys are here. Not that we knew we weren’t going to win games, but it was unlikely that we were going to win from Day One and win the Super Bowl right away.

“I didn’t want people to wonder in Year Three if they were on the hot seat. No. It’s a six-year deal. We’ve walked into this thing together and we’re going to build this thing the right way. We didn’t make every right trade or draft pick. We didn’t sign the right free agents all the time, but it’s the culmination of everything we do. We want to build the right team. You have to have a long-term vision and, when you can make those long-term decisions the right way without worrying and trying to shortcut it, then you give yourself a chance.”

[RELATED: York hopes 49ers in position to receive White House invite]

York kept working through mistakes in both personnel and executive/coaching decisions, but didn’t lose sight of his goals trying to dig the 49ers out of a hole. He used more movies to describe how he was mentally able to get through it without shaken confidence.

“My philosophies are pretty simple. "The Godfather," "Bull Durham" and "Major League" make up my philosophy on life. And maybe Shawshank a little bit. But it goes back to Crash Davis talking to Nuke LaLoosh. You’re going to get lit up when you’re in the pros. You have to remain cocky. You have to remain confident. You can’t let them get you down. It’s hard to not let outside noise affect you, but you have to block it out. I think our team has done a great job blocking out the noise and I hope I’ve done the small [things] to help them focus on the task at hand.”

Jed York considered Super Bowl goal realistic after 49ers drafted Nick Bosa

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Jed York considered Super Bowl goal realistic after 49ers drafted Nick Bosa

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers were 4-12 last season, so expecting to play in Super Bowl LIV was unrealistic even if the team believed it was better than its record suggests.

Team president and CEO Jed York understood that well. He hired head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch to revamp the roster and slowly build the franchise back into a period of sustained success. York gave them six-year contracts back in 2017, a sign he knew this process wouldn’t happen overnight.

He weathered 6-10 in 2017 and 4-12 the following year. There was a moment, however, where York believed his 49ers could make a quantum leap. Yeah, all the way to the Super Bowl.

“The moment we were able to draft Nick Bosa, I thought that this was possible,” York said Friday in an Q&A with local media. “Knowing the moves that [Shanahan and Lynch] had made already, even going back to Trent Baalke, we have invested in our defensive line. Something important for Kyle was to have a Super Bowl caliber defensive line. When you bring Dee Ford through a trade/free agency, and then you’re able to get a player like Nick there when you’re drafting second, you knew that you had a chance. That’s when it sort of hit for me.”

Bosa has proven York right. The 49ers will play Kansas City for the NFL title on Feb. 2 in Miami thanks in large part to the presumptive Defensive Rookie of the Year. Bosa has made a huge impact on the 49ers this season, helping form the NFL’s best defensive line while dominating against the run and pass.

Bosa headlines a productive NFL draft class that also includes receiver Deebo Samuel, linebacker Dre Greenlaw and punter Mitch Witchnowsky. They joined a group that went through hard times in 2018 after Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt, but still managed to play some close games and provide optimism for the future.

“Watching what we were able to do last year after Jimmy got hurt, it took some time for us to find our way,” York said. “The offense was still able to do fairly well and be exciting. Knowing that our young guys had an opportunity to learn and grow was important. Not that we were going to make a push into January last year, but our guys were able to become pros. Some guys who maybe wouldn’t have been able to play if we were in a playoff hunt got a chance to grow last year. That gave us a chance to have a seasoned team, even if it doesn’t show it from their age.”

[RELATED: York hopeful 49ers get White House invite]

York wasn’t just looking for signs of progress with Garoppolo back and Bosa in the fray. He came into the year expecting big things, with full confidence in Lynch and Shanahan that they could reach the highest level and play in this Super Bowl.

“This is always what we’ve worked for,” York said. “Anybody that says we aim to go from 4-12 to 8-8, that’s never what we’re looking for. I always believe that, if you have the right mix of culture and talent, you give yourself a chance to win. I give so much credit to Kyle and John for what they’ve been able to do, and I’ll do whatever I can to support them.”