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49ers confirm visits with top NFL draft prospects, including Nick Bosa

49ers confirm visits with top NFL draft prospects, including Nick Bosa

PHOENIX – Four of the top defensive players are scheduled to travel to Santa Clara to meet with the 49ers before the NFL draft.

General manager John Lynch confirmed Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Kentucky’s Josh Allen and Michigan’s Rashan Gary will be among the team’s 30 allowed pre-draft visits.

The visits will begin next week, Lynch said on Monday at the NFL owners meeting. The 49ers have not finalized their entire list of visits.

“That’s fluid,” Lynch said. “We’re still putting that (list) together.”

When asked whether the 49ers have narrowed down their selection with the No. 2 overall pick to Bosa, Williams and Allen, Lynch said the team is still in the process of determining the draft plan.

“Those guys are really good players,” Lynch said. “I think anybody would be interested in picking high. We can’t just settle in on two or three guys and say these are our guys here.”

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Lynch and 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters met last week with Williams and Bosa. The 49ers took Williams to IHOP in Tuscaloosa, at Williams’ request.

“I hadn’t been to IHOP in 10 years,” Lynch said. “The thing that stunk, I was all fired up for pigs in a blanket because that was my go-to when I used to go to IHOP as a kid. He went all healthy on me. He had a garden omelet, so I felt compelled to have a garden omelet, too.”

NFL draft: 49ers in market for tight end to pair with George Kittle

NFL draft: 49ers in market for tight end to pair with George Kittle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Iowa tight end Noah Fant just missed George Kittle on his trip from Iowa to visit the 49ers in Santa Clara this month.

When Fant was in the Bay Area, Kittle was in Iowa City. And around the time Fant returned, Kittle was heading back to California for the beginning of the 49ers’ offseason program.

Fant, who was a teammate of Kittle at Iowa two years ago, is also a tight end. He is expected to be a first-round draft pick. But the 49ers already have one tight end from Iowa, so why did he visit the 49ers?

“They’re trying to get two,” Fant told NBC Sports Bay Area on the eve of the NFL draft. “When they have a guy like George and maybe they draft a guy like me, it’s going to be essentially unguardable. It will be hard to find that many players who can cover two different tight ends who can run like receivers and block and do all of that.”

Kittle, a fifth-round draft pick in 2017, emerged as one of the game’s top young stars last season. He set the NFL single-season record for tight ends with 1,377 yards receiving despite the 49ers playing most of the season with reserve quarterbacks.

“Obviously, playing there with George would be something that’s insanely incredible, and something I would definitely enjoy,” Fant said.

Fant and another Iowa tight end, T.J. Hockenson, could be the first two tight ends selected on Thursday night at the NFL draft. Fant (6-foot-4, 249 pounds) ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. In his final two seasons of college, he caught 69 passes for 1,013 and 18 touchdowns.

The 49ers are clearly looking for an upgrade at tight end to create match-up issues for defenses. Fant was one of four draft-eligible tight ends who visited the 49ers in Santa Clara. He got excited when talking about the endless possibilities if he were on the field again with Kittle.

“Try putting a linebacker on us. They’d be too slow,” Fant said. “Try putting a corner on us and we’d be bigger than him. Safeties are a little harder because you could find a good safety like Jamal Adams or Derwin James, so you can get guys like that are going to be good.

“But then you’re bigger than them, and you go to the run game. Having that many different things you could do with a pair of tight ends would be something that would be pretty special. I can definitely see where their vision is with that.”

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The likelihood of Fant ending up with the 49ers appears remote, unless the 49ers were to make a trade on Thursday. The 49ers’ first pick is No. 2. Their next pick is slated for Friday’s second round (No. 36 overall). Fant is expected to fall somewhere between those spots.

“If they traded back or they traded up from the second,” said Fant, who took visits to nine teams during the pre-draft process. “You never know what could happen. Obviously, I treated that visit like any other job interview. We’ll see what happens.”

NFL draft rumors 2019: Latest news, trade talk before Round 1 picks start

NFL draft rumors 2019: Latest news, trade talk before Round 1 picks start

Thirty-two football players lives will change forever Thursday night when they're drafted by NFL teams. But it isn't a simple process.

The draft order certainly will change, as teams jockey for position to pick the player they really want. Top of the list for many is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, followed by a host of pass rushers -- Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Alabama's Quinnen Williams and Kentucky's Josh Allen, just to name a few.

The Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to pick first, followed by the 49ers, New York Jets and Raiders. What those four teams do could set the tone for the draft, so there will be lots of news and trade speculation surrounding them.

Follow this live blog through the day, until the start of Round 1 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, and see how the dominoes might fall.

1:47: Don't expect the 49ers to draft wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.

1:25 p.m.: Rosen or Murray? Or Bosa? Or Williams? Tough day in Arizona.

12:37 p.m.: Look for the Giants to major players in Round 1.

11:55 a.m.: Is Kyler Murray out of the running?

11:44 a.m.: The Steelers reportedly are interested in making a move up in the draft.

11:04 a.m.: The Cardinals apparently have no idea what they are doing.

10:55 a.m.:  Meanwhile, in Washington ...

10;32 a.m.: Another big-name defensive lineman could be on the move.

10:05 a.m.: Montez Sweat was expected to fall due to a heart condition, but that reportedly might not be the case. 

9:00 a.m.: The 49ers reportedly are shopping one of their recent top draft picks.

7:44 a.m.: Even Josh Rosen has no idea what the Cardinals are going to do.

7:38 a.m.: This seems like a bad idea. 

7:19 a.m.: The Cardinals reportedly have whittled down their choices for the No. 1 overall pick.

6.16 a.m.: Meanwhile, these teams reportedly are looking to trade down,

5:51 a.m.: There are two teams that reportedly could try to move up in the first round.

4:28 a.m.: If the Raiders want to take a quarterback, it might not be Kyler Murray.