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49ers scheduled to host Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns on visit

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49ers scheduled to host Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns on visit

Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns, a projected first-round draft pick, is scheduled to make a visit to meet with the 49ers in Santa Clara.

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, but Burns could be an option for the club if they trade back to acquire more selections. The 49ers’ next scheduled pick is No. 36 overall. Burns is mostly viewed as a mid-first-round selection.

Burns, appearing on Chris Simms Unbuttoned, listed the 49ers, along with Tampa Bay, Detroit, the New York Giants and Indianapolis among the organizations he is scheduled to visit in the near future. He said the Colts have shown the most interest in him among those teams. Indianapolis as the No. 26 overall pick.

Simms asked him if there is a weakness in his game that keeps coming up when he speaks with NFL teams.

“Definitely, speed-to-power (and) point of attack,” Burns said. “Those are my main two things that they ask me about because I usually just show my speed and my speed-rushing and my counter-moves. I don’t really convert to speed to power, but that’s one thing I’m definitely going to work on. I’ve been working on it already.”

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Burns registered 23 sacks in 33 games over three seasons at Florida State. He had a career-best 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss as a junior in 2018 before declaring for the NFL draft.

Burns (6-foot-5, 249 pounds) ran a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

 

Rookie Javon Kinlaw's approach reminds 49ers veteran Dee Ford of Nick Bosa

Rookie Javon Kinlaw's approach reminds 49ers veteran Dee Ford of Nick Bosa

Veteran edge rusher Dee Ford is picking up on some distinct Nick Bosa vibes from 49ers rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.

“(He is) everything you want to see in a rookie,” Ford said of Kinlaw on Thursday during a video call with Bay Area reporters.

“He wants to be a sponge. He wants to soak everything up, and he wants to learn. He reminds me of Bosa when he came in.”

The 49ers have hit the practice field for only walk-through sessions for the first two weeks of training camp. That changes over the weekend when the club has two non-padded practices before putting the pads on Monday for the first time in Santa Clara.

Bosa came to the 49ers as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 draft. Kinlaw, a South Carolina defensive tackle, was chosen with the No. 14 overall selection.

Ford said watching Kinlaw’s quiet, determined approach reminds him of Bosa, who won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season. Ford said he would expect nothing less from a person general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan bring to the organization.

“When you’re a first-round draft pick, you can come in and you can … be a little entitled,” Ford said. “That’s not him. That’s not his DNA. He fits in well with the guys. When you come here. John and Kyle, they get specific players. Nine times out of 10, if they got them, they brought them here and they know type of character they have.

"So far, he’s been everything as promised. He’s going to get better.”

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Kinlaw and all newcomers to the 49ers have the additional challenge this season of missing out on the offseason program and organized team activities. Ford recognizes it will not be easy for Kinlaw to make the transition from high-level college football to the NFL.

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“He’s behind the 8-ball,” Ford said. “Every rookie is because of the virus. You can’t get OTAs. OTAs were crucial for me, especially with learning a new position my rookie year. I can only imagine where his mind is right now. But he’s handling it very well. He’s handling it really good.”

49ers' K'Waun Williams describes challenge of covering George Kittle

49ers' K'Waun Williams describes challenge of covering George Kittle

What makes 49ers All-Pro tight end George Kittle a nightmare for defensive coordinators are the dilemmas he creates.

He has the size and strength to block defensive ends. Linebackers cannot keep up with him in the passing game. And he can physically overwhelm most defensive backs.

K’Waun Williams, who has established himself as one of the top nickelbacks in the league, knows what it’s like to go up against Kittle in the slot on the 49ers practice field.

“You just got to be disciplined from the start of the down to the end, because he’s real crafty, strong, and he’s just relentless in everything he does,” Williams said. “He’s willing to block in the run game.

"So you just got to be on you’re ‘A game’ going against a guy like that.”

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The 49ers on Thursday agreed with Kittle on a five-year, $75 million contract extension with $30 million fully guaranteed.

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