Kyler Murray-Cardinals meeting allows 49ers to dream about Nick Bosa

Kyler Murray-Cardinals meeting allows 49ers to dream about Nick Bosa

INDIANAPOLIS — The frenzy surrounding Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray continued after he revealed Friday that he will meet with the Cardinals during the NFL Scouting Combine. 

The Cardinals own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Murray’s measurables have significantly raised his draft stock. While Arizona already spent its 2018 first-round pick on Josh Rosen, a meeting with Murray indicated the team hasn’t closed the door on taking a quarterback again in 2019.

The 49ers have the No. 2 pick in this year's draft. So, if Murray heads to Arizona, Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa could conveniently fall into the laps of 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. 

Rosen had a challenging rookie season, but it wasn't all his fault. The Cardinals' offensive line dealt with the injury bug, and veteran Larry Fitzgerald was the only receiver with over 500 yards for the season. He led the team with 69 catches for 734 yards. 

Rosen completed 217 of his 393 passes for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns over 14 games. Murray would bring the added dimension of mobility to Arizona's offense, not to mention he already has a relationship with new coach Kliff Kingsbury. 

“Coach Kingsbury, you know the type of offense he runs,” Murray said. “He recruited me out of high school. I have a great relationship with him. If I were to play under him, I think it’d be a great deal.” 

Much was made out of a video that resurfaced of Kingsbury being very complimentary of Murray back when he still was the head coach at Texas Tech. Kingsbury famously said then that he’d take Murray with the first pick in the draft. 

“Obviously generous words from him,” Murray said. “Like I said, that’s the relationship. He’s been very fond of me, and I respect that and I’ve never taken that for granted. He’s always someone I could go to if I needed anything. So, like I said it would be fun. It would be a great deal if I was picked No. 1."

Murray was equally complementary of the Cardinals coach. It also would be an easy adjustment into Kingsbury’s “Air Raid” offensive scheme. 

“Obviously I’m very comfortable knowing how he operates the offense,” Murray said. “What we look for, and how to operate within it, as far as getting everything to the line of scrimmage, receivers, you know.” 

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There's still a lot of time before this scenario plays out, and Murray confirmed he has several meetings scheduled with myriad teams. But for now, 49ers fans can keep their dream alive of the possibility of their team getting the top edge rusher in the draft. After all, Murray approves of going to Arizona and being coached by Kingsbury. 

“I think me and him together would be nice,” the QB said.

NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine


NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine

Despite only possessing one pick before the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the 49ers still are doing their due diligence at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

San Francisco has met with a pair of wide receivers this week in LSU product Justin Jefferson and former TCU speedster Jalen Reagor.

Jefferson, who was part of LSU’s national championship-winning squad in 2019, said his meeting with the 49ers was informal, while Reagor mentioned that the team highlighted his versatility when discussing his potential fit within the offense.

Coming off a trip to the Super Bowl, the Niners aren’t faced with a lot of glaring needs along the roster, but wide receiver certainly ranks highly among the few holes general manager John Lynch must address this offseason.

The 49ers didn’t have a wide receiver eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, with All-Pro tight end George Kittle barely surpassing it (1,053).

Jefferson caught an NCAA Division I-best 111 passes for the Tigers in 2019 and closed out his final collegiate season with 1,540 yards. In the latest NBC Sports Bay Area mock draft, Jefferson wasn't available when the Niners were on the clock at No. 31.

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Reagor’s broad skillset likely would mesh well with the 49ers’ motion-heavy offense, as Reagor made big plays for the Horned Frogs in the running, receiving, and return game during his three seasons in Fort Worth.

This will be Lynch and Shanahan’s first opportunity to draft outside of the top five in the first round, as they hope to build on a breakout 2019 season.

49ers hopeful receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

49ers hopeful receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

INDIANAPOLIS -- Even before the 49ers have the opportunity to select a wide receiver in the draft, the club expects to add the services of a young pass-catcher.

Jalen Hurd, a third-round draft pick from a year ago, appears to be on schedule to receive clearance to rejoin the 49ers when the offseason program begins in April. Hurd spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

“For it to completely heal, it happens on different timelines,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “We found that his has been stubborn. We think he’s been nearing towards a much better place where he’ll be cleared for all activities.

“(We) don’t want to officially give that word, but there have been some recent scans and things that give us a lot of hope that that’ll be the case, come April 1, he’ll be a full-go.”

Hurd was not around the team too much during his rookie season. He did not travel to Miami for Super Bowl LIV due to concerns about aggravating his back condition.

“I think there’s a little anxiety on his part that the long plane rides had set him off before and he worked so hard to try to get right, and kind of didn’t want that to enter the equation,” Lynch said.

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In order for Hurd's back to heal, the 49ers and Hurd felt it was best to keep him off his feet.  

“With his back stuff, he didn’t want to travel, didn’t want to be in the meetings and everything," head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "There wasn’t much to do. He had a stress fracture and it’s taking a long time to heal, so we wanted him to be as immobile as possible.”

Hurd (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) caught 69 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season at Baylor in 2018. He played his first three college seasons at Tennessee, where he rushed for 2,635 yards and 20 touchdowns as a running back.

Hurd appeared in the 49ers’ preseason opener last summer and caught two touchdown passes against the Dallas Cowboys before experiencing the back condition that sidelined him for the rest of the season.