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49ers select BYU LB Fred Warner with No. 70 overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft

49ers select BYU LB Fred Warner with No. 70 overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft

FRED WARNER
Position: Linebacker
College: BYU
Height: 6-3
Weight: 235
Selection: Third round (No. 70 overall)

Scouting report: Warner started 42 of 49 games over his four-year career. He had 264 tackles in his career, including 32 for loss, and 6.5 sacks. He has good size and can play like a safety with his coverage skills. He played a lot of zone coverage over the slot receiver in college.

Projected role: There is still a lot of uncertainty about Reuben Foster’s future with the club. Warner has some versatility and should provide the team with an insurance policy and depth at the inside linebacker position. He can play all three downs becaue of his coverage skills. He can be an immediate contributor on special teams. The 49ers passed on linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in the first round. Warner fills a need and is intelligent enough to quickly grasp coordinator Robert Saleh’s defense. When he met with the team on a recent visit, Warner was told that the mike linebacker position was probably his best fit.

Quotable
“Man, they showed me so much love when I was out there (for a visit), just with what the coaches were talking to me about. Going around and seeing the facility, it just felt right. Obviously, I didn’t know who was going to be giving me the call, but I’m so excited, so happy it was the 49ers. I fit their defense so well” --Fred Warner

“When I was meeting with the linebackers coach (DeMeco Ryans) and the D.C. (Saleh), they went over film about how their linebackers play. And they really like my ability to be able to break on balls, use my hands to strike defenders and tackle, of course. I feel like I can fit in right away and do some damage” – Warner

“His skill set mimics what we do. He’s comfortable playing in space. He’s a very efficient linebacker. He uses his hands well” -- 49ers GM John Lynch.

“We play a lot of zone. You have to read the quarterback and when that hands come off, you break. There are numerous clips that fit what we do. He’s a guy we all really appreciated the more and more we watched” – Lynch.

“In terms of what we ask those two (inside linebacker positions) to do, there’s very little difference. We want linebackers who can run. We put them in some tough spots. They have to cover a lot of ground in what we call ‘the hook area.’ You need the quickness” – 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

49ers' George Kittle reveals he had rib injury while setting NFL record

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49ers' George Kittle reveals he had rib injury while setting NFL record

You likely were impressed with George Kittle's sophomore season with the 49ers, in which he set the NFL single-season record for most receiving yards by a tight end.

But perhaps you'll be even more impressed upon learning Kittle set that record after fracturing his rib cartilage midway through the season.

Kittle said he suffered the injury on the third play of the 49ers' Week 9 win over the Raiders, in which he caught four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. One of those receptions was with one hand for a 71-yard gain.

Despite the injury, Kittle still played in all 16 games and was on the field for nearly 88 percent of all snaps. Over the final five contests, he averaged 110.8 yards on 6.4 catches per game.

"It was fun, I guess," Kittle said of overcoming the injury. "I don't know, it's just something you play with."

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Given how he performed with the injury, the 49ers have to be feeling great about what a fully healthy Kittle could provide in the season ahead.

49ers schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

49ers schedule predictions: Wins, losses projected for 2019 season

It's officially prediction season. The 49ers' schedule for the 2019 regular season was released on Wednesday, and there are plenty of interesting matchups.

Entering Year 3 of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch at the helm, the 49ers look to build upon a disappointing 4-12 season. Will they be playoff contenders or find themselves at selecting at the top of the draft again?

With some solid additions in free agency, a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo and the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, we expect a promising season. 

VIEW 49ERS GAME-BY-GAME PREDICTIONS HERE