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Greg Cosell raves about 49ers' third-round pick Moore: 'This kid is a fascinating prospect'

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Greg Cosell raves about 49ers' third-round pick Moore: 'This kid is a fascinating prospect'

In the third round (No. 95 overall) of last week's draft, the 49ers selected Tarvarius Moore.

He played safety at Southern Miss, but the 49ers are expected to play him at cornerback.

"I really, really like (him) and I watched him late in the process because I was told about him," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday. "This kid is an explosive athlete. He ran a 4.32 and his vertical jump is over 38 inches.

"I thought he was one of the better safety prospects in the draft class. I'm sure playing at Southern Miss hurt his draft stock."

If all goes according to plan, Akhello Witherspoon and Richard Sherman will be the starting cornerbacks on the outside.

Jimmie Ward -- who can play practically everywhere in the secondary -- will open the offseason program at corner while Sherman recovers from two surgeries.

At safety, the 49ers have Jaquiski Tartt (who signed a two-year extension last week) and Adrian Colbert.

There's also nickel back K'Wuan Williams, and incoming rookie D.J. Reed (a fifth round pick).

So there is plenty of competition for Moore.

As Matt Maiocco wrote:

Moore should be an immediate impact player on special teams while the team tries to find his niche on defense. The 49ers are going to play him at cornerback. If he has a difficult time in that new spot, his ability to play center field could place him into the competition to start at free safety. At worst, he should suit up as a backup.

"This kid's a premium athlete. He has basically unmatched size, speed, explosiveness as a profile," Cosell added. "I really liked him. Now, that doesn't mean he's gonna come in and be an All-Pro in his rookie season. but I think this kid is a fascinating prospect."

49ers GM John Lynch believes Nick Bosa is a 'great teammate'

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49ers GM John Lynch believes Nick Bosa is a 'great teammate'

SANTA CLARA -- Nick Bosa suggested he made adjustments to his activity on social media because some of his personal views are in conflict with the majority of the Bay Area.

But are Bosa’s opinions really an issue for the 49ers, who hold the No. 2 overall pick?

General manager John Lynch said on Monday the 49ers consider everything with every draft prospect. Although he did not get into specifics with Bosa, Lynch intimated that he does not foresee any issues arising from the views Bosa expressed on his Twitter account.

“I think that he’s a great teammate,” Lynch said of the former Ohio State defensive end. “I’m not going to get too far because a lot can happen at (No. 1). He can go one. In general, we spend a lot of time vetting these guys and everything about them. You put something into all of it.”

The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and have long been speculated to like Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. But Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams are also possibilities to be chosen No. 1 overall.

Lynch said the team will consider everything when evaluating a draft prospect.

“We try to be as thorough in the process as we can,” Lynch said. “That is something we look at it. We also look at what kind of teammate is he. What do his teammates think about him? And when I say ‘him,’ I’m speaking of any prospect.

“In particular, when you talk about guys who are going to go that high, you’ve vetted these guys in every way. You try to look at things like that. What kind of member of your organization will this guy be in every respect? You look at it all. We’ve done that with all the prospects.”

Lynch was in attendance for an Ohio State practice before the Rose Bowl. Bosa, who withdrew from school a month earlier after undergoing groin surgery, showed up at practice to see his former teammates. Lynch saw the outpouring of love he saw from Ohio State teammates and coaches upon seeing Bosa for the first time since he left school.

Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters and area scout Steve Rubio had lunch with Bosa after the Ohio State pro day last month. Bosa also recently visited the 49ers’ facility in Santa Clara.

“Nick is a heck of a player,” Lynch said. “He’s one we really enjoyed studying throughout this process.”

Bosa had been outspoken in holding Donald Trump in high esteem, referring to him as G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). In a recent interview with ESPN, Bosa said he stopped sharing his political views with one team in mind.

"I had to," said Bosa, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "There is a chance I might end up in San Francisco."

[RELATED: The Choice -- Nick Bosa intuitively drawn to sport that shaped his life, NFL draft future]

Bosa ended up deleting some of his polarizing social media posts, including when he called Colin Kaepernick a “clown,” in reference to Kaepernick’s form of protest against racial inequality for taking a knee during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season.

Bosa’s views have apparently not been an issue in the past. Bosa was a popular teammate on diverse teams from youth football to high school to college. Larry Johnson, the defensive line coach at Ohio State, alluded to Bosa’s background for the reason he fit in so well with teamamtes of every background.

“I think that’s the reason he can cross over any gender, any race, because he’s dealt with all that at such a young age,” Johnson told NBC Sports Bay Area. “You talk about a guy who doesn’t see color, that’s Nick Bosa. He doesn’t see color. He sees people. He sees what’s good in people.”

Joe Staley not worried about 49ers future despite no new contract

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Joe Staley not worried about 49ers future despite no new contract

Joe Staley’s undetermined future with the 49ers could make the team take a closer look at a tackle early in this year’s draft, but the veteran remains unfazed about his future after 2019. 

The 49ers selected Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick of the 2018 draft as the heir apparent for Staley’s left tackle position. Staley is under contract through 2019, but there still haven't been talks about his future with the club.

“We haven’t had any discussions,” Staley said. “I made it very clear, to I think everybody, that I want to play as long as I can. I still love the game and feel like I can play at a high level. Still feel like I’m valued on the football team.” 

Staley is not worried that things have not been ironed out yet. He remains steadfast that his desire is to remain in Santa Clara following his 13th season. 

“I know it’s my last year under contract but I’m not worried about that,” Staley said. “I’m just going to go out there and do everything I can to help us win games this year.” 

Staley is moving forward with a "business as usual" mentality. He is one of the veterans who continually shows up for the offseason program, even though it is voluntary. He explained why, at 34 years old, he prefers to participate in organized team activities (OTAs) instead of doing his own program elsewhere. 

“I just love being around everybody and I don’t know, I’d much rather be here than somewhere else,” Staley said. “I think for me too, it’s like I need the structure, I’m used to the structure.

“It works well for me. Not to say that I can’t manage my time away from here when I’m not. I do when I’m down in San Diego, but I just enjoy being around the guys too. It was never a thought for me to be anywhere else.”  

[RELATED: Staley gave 49ers scouting report on Dee Ford before trade]

Staley, a six-time Pro Bowler, has started in all 174 games that he has played with the team. The remaining tackles on the team are McGlinchey, Shon Coleman, Christian DiLauro and Daniel Brunskill