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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.

Shanahan remains in contact with Reuben Foster, shares his state of mind

Shanahan remains in contact with Reuben Foster, shares his state of mind

SANTA CLARA – A judge will make a crucial ruling on Wednesday that is likely to determine the 49ers' next move with linebacker Reuben Foster, who faces two felony counts of domestic violence.

The decision will be announced at 3:30 p.m. at the Hall of Justice in San Jose whether probable cause was demonstrated last week during a preliminary hearing. Foster faces three felony charges of domestic violence, forcefully attempting a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon.

Foster has not taken part in any of the 5 ½ weeks of the team’s offseason program since the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed the formal charges in April. The 49ers opened organized team activities on Monday.

“It’s still ongoing,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Foster’s legal issues. “Hopefully, we’ll have some more answers by tomorrow. We’ve been patient this whole time. We’re going to continue to be patient until we get a few more answers. And, then, when the decision does come, I promise you guys, I’ll answer that for you right away.”

The DA's office last week attempted to present evidence in court to justify moving forward to the trial phase with Foster. However, the accuser, Foster’s former girlfriend, recanted her initial statements to policy and gave testimony that supported Foster's defense.

The woman, Elissa Ennis, said under oath last week that Foster did not harm her. She said her injuries were the result of a fight with one or two women following a road rage incident the night before the alleged incident with Foster. She said she was upset because Foster was threatening to break up with her and she wanted to ruin his career. She said she lied about her accusations of Foster's abuse.

The 49ers took no action after the initial reports of the alleged incident, choosing to let the legal process play out. Although Foster has not been showing up at team headquarters, members of the organization are remaining in contact with him.

“I reach out to him about once or twice a week to see how he’s doing,” Shanahan said.

How is Foster doing?

“He’s hanging in there,” Shanahan said. “Obviously, it’s a tough challenge. I think anyone would realize. It’s a very hard thing to go through. We’ll see how this ends up, but just always hope that every situation you’re in, in the long run, it can make you a better person and a better man. And I think Reuben is handling it right.”

Report: NFL teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting QB, collusion case reveals

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Report: NFL teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting QB, collusion case reveals

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted out of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers last March, and went unsigned for the entirety of the 2017 season. That, reportedly, may not have been because of his playing ability. 

Testimony from witnesses under deposition in Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL and "internal franchise documents generated as part of the free-agency evaluation process" indicated that multiple teams viewed Kaepernick as good enough to be a starting quarterback, Pro Football Talk reported Monday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

Kaepernick filed a grievance under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement in October, alleging that he was unsigned after first sitting, than kneeling, during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality throughout the 2016 season. He started 11 games in 2016, throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions. His interception percentage (1.2 percent) was sixth-lowest among starting quarterbacks (minimum 10 starts) that year, and he finished 17th in passer rating (90.7).