Lynch identifies three prospects who were most impressive in interviews

Lynch identifies three prospects who were most impressive in interviews

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers were not interested in trading out of the No. 9 slot on Thursday night because the person they targeted, Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, was still available.

McGlinchey impressed the 49ers with his size, ability and potential. And he also made a strong impression when he met with the 49ers during a formal interview at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

But McGlinchey was not alone.

Lynch said on Thursday that McGlinchey was one of two draft prospects that stood out. On Saturday, he told NBC Sports Bay Area that after giving it some more thought, he had to make a correction.

“I was thinking about it, there were actually three guys who stood out from everyone else,” Lynch said.

McGlinchey, Florida State safety Derwin James and Georgia running back Sony Michel were the players who impressed Lynch more than any of the others he met during the draft process, he said.

“Those were the guys,” Lynch said. “That’s no knock on all the others, but those guys were – yeah, they were great.”

James was the Los Angeles Chargers’ selection at No. 17 overall. Lynch indicated it was difficult to pass up James with the 49ers' first-round pick.

“Derwin James was just phenomenal,” Lynch said. “That was a hard one because he’s special in his presence, let alone his play.

“And Sony Michel was the same way, just in terms of owning the room.”

The New England Patriots selected Michel in the first round with the No. 31 overall pick.

In discussing the team’s selection of McGlinchey on Thursday, Lynch explained how he and coach Kyle Shanahan weigh the importance of player interviews in the 49ers’ draft process.

“Kyle and I, just as a general philosophy, you didn't want to put too much stock in that because it's 15 minutes,” Lynch said. “I will say, however, just in my life experience, there are some people who command a room and who own a room.

“We have 60 interviews at the combine and he (McGlinchey) was a guy that came in and just kind of owned the room and everyone felt it. It wasn't just me. Kyle felt that way. Our coaches that were in the room felt that way, our scouts in the room. He's got a special presence to him. He's real. He's authentic and he's a badass and we like that.”

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


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).