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49ers' Eric Reid joins Colin Kaepernick's protest

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49ers' Eric Reid joins Colin Kaepernick's protest

SAN DIEGO – Colin Kaepernick was not alone in not standing Friday night for the playing of the national anthem.

Safety Eric Reid joined Kaepernick in taking a knee among the 49ers on the team’s sideline during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Kaepernick said his protest was against police brutality and oppression of minorities in America.

Kaepernick was asked on Sunday why he did not recruit any of his teammates to join him in his protest.

“This isn’t something I’m going to ask other people to put their necks out for what I’m doing,” Kaepernick said. “If they agree with me and feel strongly about it, then by all means, I hope they stand with me. But I’m not going to go and try to recruit people and be like, "Hey, come do this with me" because I know the consequences that come with that, and they need to make that decision for themselves.”

Reid, a four-year veteran, was voted last year as the 49ers’ player representative for the NFL Players Association. Reid, 24, was a first-round draft pick in 2013.

Kendrick Bourne says Nick Bosa would be 'icing on the cake' for 49ers

Kendrick Bourne says Nick Bosa would be 'icing on the cake' for 49ers

The 49ers are reportedly having dinner with former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa on Wednesday night, and it appears one of their wide receivers is fully on board with the idea of Bosa in a San Francisco uniform, if that's the direction the 49ers choose to go with the second overall pick in next month's draft.

Kendrick Bourne took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to voice his support for how he views Bosa fitting in with the rest of the 49ers' current defensive line.

After acquiring Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, the additional inclusion of Bosa would give San Francisco not one, but two superior edge rushers to what they put on the field last season. The 49ers' biggest need entering the offseason was improving their pass rush, and drafting Bosa would go a long way towards accomplishing that goal.

Wednesday's reported dinner will not be the first time San Francisco's brass has met with Bosa. General manager John Lynch previously met Bosa in Pasadena ahead of last year's Rose Bowl. The 49ers also met with the talented pass rusher at last month's NFL Scouting Combine.

[RELATED: Lynch believes free agency gave 49ers flexibility in draft]

"He’s a good kid,” Lynch said of Bosa. “We’re looking forward to spending more time with him."

What Bosa will order at dinner is anyone's guess. But Bourne clearly already knows what he wants the 49ers to have for dessert.

49ers GM John Lynch believes free agency work set team up for NFL draft

49ers GM John Lynch believes free agency work set team up for NFL draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Through the first wave of NFL free agency, 49ers general manager John Lynch said he believes the club has set up itself for the next month's draft.

“In terms of what we did, it gave us flexibility,” Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday at Ohio State’s Pro Day. “We had some ideas of areas where we had to get better. And what we did gave us flexibility to just focus on going out and getting the best player available, particularly with that top spot, regardless of the position.”

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Lynch and vice president of player personnel Adam Peters spent the past two days getting to better know two of the top candidates for the 49ers’ first-round selection.

Lynch and Peters were in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Tuesday and met with Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. On Wednesday, Lynch and Peters were heading off to have a late lunch with former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa.

“He’s a great kid and a tremendous player,” Lynch said of the meeting with Williams. “I enjoyed it.”

Lynch first met Bosa in Pasadena when he attended an Ohio State practice before Rose Bowl. Bosa withdrew from school in November to focus on his rehabilitation from core muscle surgery. Bosa was working out in Southern California and came by to support his former teammates when he met Lynch. The 49ers also met with Bosa last month at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“He’s a good kid,” Lynch said of Bosa. “We’re looking forward to spending more time with him.”

Lynch said the 49ers have not compiled their list of 30 official pre-draft visits, but Williams and Bosa appear to be strong candidates to make a visit to Santa Clara before the draft, too.

Neither Williams nor Bosa worked out at their pro days, opting to stand on their results from the combine. Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen, whose pro day is Friday, will also not work out. Lynch and Peters will not attend Kentucky’s pro day.

“Most of the top guys aren’t working out, especially if they did well at the combine,” Lynch said. “But you have an opportunity to come sit with them and talk with them.

“I think it’s good to be out for a number of reasons. The schools we visited the last couple of days, Alabama and Ohio State, I don’t think they’re going anywhere. They’re going to be producing players, so it’s good to continue to foster those relationships that we can help them and they can help us. And it’s really invaluable to just spend time with these guys.”

Lynch said the 49ers are still in the preliminary process of putting together their draft strategy with the No. 2 overall pick. Bosa, Williams and Allen are the prohibitive favorites.

“We’ve done a lot of work on those guys,” Lynch said. “We’ve done a lot of work on the entire draft class, but it really gets hyper-focused now. We’ve condensed a lot of the information. Now the coaches come up and we put it all together.”

Part of the puzzle for the team's plan for the draft was the first week of the NFL free-agent signing period. The 49ers signed starting linebacker Kwon Alexander and acquired starting defensive end Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 49ers also added potential starters at cornerback with Jason Verrett and safety with the re-signing of Jimmie Ward. The signing of wide receiver Jordan Matthews gives the 49ers a needed veteran presence to compete for significant playing time.

[RELATED: Why Quinnen Williams remains so humble before NFL draft]

Lynch acknowledged the 49ers are rolling the dice on Verrett, a first-round draft pick in 2014 who has appeared in just 25 games in five seasons due to a variety of injuries.

“We recruited him hard because there were a number of people that were interested, and we’re glad we landed him,” Lynch said of Verrett. “You’re always thinking risk-reward. The potential reward with that one is pretty special. He’s made of the right stuff. We just got to see if we can help him and he can find a way to stay healthy.”