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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.

Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school

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Watch ex-49ers assistant Keanon Lowe disarm gunman at Portland school

It's a video that has gone viral of a moment an Oregon coach disarmed a student who entered a school possessing a firearm.

Keanon Lowe, a former 49ers assistant coach, now serves as the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. He's also a hero after preventing a shooting when he embraced a gunman and caused them to surrender his weapon:

The gunman walked into one of the buildings at the school with a shotgun hidden under a jacket he was carrying in his arms on May 17.

“I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him," Lowe told reporters. "I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living.”

Lowe is also a former standout star wide receiver at the University of Oregon. 

“The universe works in amazing ways," Lowe added. "I’m lucky and I’m happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy."

Nobody was injured in the events.

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How 49ers' George Kittle went from 'scrawny' receiver to elite tight end

How 49ers' George Kittle went from 'scrawny' receiver to elite tight end

George Kittle wasn’t always the hulking, 250-pound tight end that set the NFL single-season receiving mark for a the position in just his second NFL season.

When he showed up at the University of Iowa, Kittle was a 6-foot-2, 185-pound high school wide receiver with a strong work ethic. 

It was in Iowa City that Kittle’s body underwent a dramatic transformation.

"If you look at any of his high school photos, it will blow your mind," Kittle's mom Jan said.

"He was scrawny when he came to Iowa,” Kittle’s wife Claire said. “But I think that's kind of just how a lot of people are. So they grow into their body and they become the man that they're supposed to be.”

“He certainly embraced our program, he worked very hard,” Iowa Strength and Conditioning coach Chris Doyle told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Had to change his eating habits and change his lifestyle from that regard to kind of grow into just the process of becoming a Division I football player.”

In addition to growing several inches during his time with the Hawkeyes, Kittle put on a whopping 35 pounds during his college career.

“It's overwhelming every single time I see him,” Emma Kittle, George’s older sister, said. “Because he’s still George, and like my little brother. But like physically, he is a man.”

He certainly plays like a man on the field, as the 26-year-old has blossomed into one of the NFL’s top tight ends, even earning a second-team All-Pro designation after his breakout 2018 season.

The Kittle family certainly is not short on impressive athletes, as his father Bruce was also a tight end at Iowa and sister Emma was a Division I volleyball player at Iowa and Oklahoma. His mother Jan lettered in both basketball and softball at Drake University.

[RELATED: Kittle among players to watch vs. Washington]

While puberty may have set in a little later than most for George, his dedication to his craft has manifested itself as he now stands as the No. 1 receiving option on an undefeated 49ers team.

“I've witnessed everything that he's done so far and like all the hard work,” Emma said. “And so to see him succeeding at this level is like, he was born to do this. He was born to have the spotlight on him. He was born to have this type of pressure, like to carry people to work this hard.”