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NFL Draft 2020: Daniel Jeremiah says 49ers, Henry Ruggs are good fit

NFL Draft 2020: Daniel Jeremiah says 49ers, Henry Ruggs are good fit

Daniel Jeremiah thinks the 49ers' choice is clear with the No. 13 selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The NFL Media analyst said Friday in a conference call with reporters that he thinks the 49ers will draft Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs, and Jeremiah can't wait to see Ruggs' versatile skill set in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

“Well, for me he's the dreamy fit,” Jeremiah said. “I want to see it. Just as a football fan, I want to see what Kyle Shanahan could do with Ruggs, with his speed, with his toughness with the ball in his hands. 

“I just envision the stretch bootleg that they like to run there and having Ruggs running those deep over routes and watching people try and run with that dude. No chance. I think they'll know what that value is, and I would love to see what he can do with him creatively. Man, it would be a lot of fun.” 

Ruggs ran a blistering 4.27-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, the fastest time among wide receivers. Speed isn't his only weapon, though.

The receiver is very physical and rarely drops the ball. Ruggs dropped only one catch last season. 

Shanahan knows what a speedster like Ruggs can do for an offense. Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill made a huge impact in Super Bowl LIV, catching nine passes for 105 yards. His performance likely left an indelible impression on the head coach. 

“I think Kyle Shanahan got a front-row seat to see what the speed looked like in the Super Bowl with Tyreek Hill on the biggest play of the season,” Jeremiah said of Hill's 44-yard reception in the fourth quarter. “It cost them a Super Bowl ring, and that speed was the difference.” 

The 49ers could use another impact receiver to pair with Deebo Samuel. 

Marquise Goodwin, arguably one of the fastest players in the league, ended the 2019 season on injured reserve with chronic knee and foot issues. Goodwin had a career year in 2017, catching 56 passes for 962 yards, but the 29-year-old has just 35 catches for 581 yards since then.

The 49ers also had high hopes for 2018 second-round pick Dante Pettis (No. 44 overall). He has recorded a lackluster 38 catches for 576 yards in two NFL seasons.

Jeremiah said Ruggs is the draft's best fit for Shanahan's offense, but the other top receivers are also strong options. 

“Don't get me wrong,” Jeremiah said. “Those other top three receivers, and I would throw Justin Jefferson even in there although [No. 13] might be a little bit early, but any of the top four receivers in a Kyle Shanahan offense are going to be extremely productive. They're great players.” 

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Jeremiah also predicted the 49ers will (at least) trade one of their first-round picks to gather more draft capital that they are missing in earlier rounds. The 49ers, as things stand, have no picks between the first (No. 31 overall) and fifth rounds (No. 156).

“If they pick at both of these spots ... I will be shocked,” Jeremiah said.  “I fully expect them to trade back with one of those picks and try and recover some of those mid-round picks they don't possess.” 

49ers' Raheem Mostert sets goal to prove he's 'a bad mo-fo' this season

49ers' Raheem Mostert sets goal to prove he's 'a bad mo-fo' this season

Raheem Mostert, a player who has zero starts in his 50-game NFL career, has no problem referring to himself as a starting running back.

Actually, he proved to be more of a finisher last season.

Mostert finished the regular season as the 49ers' leading rusher. And as he enters his third training camp with the 49ers, he said he has one simple goal.

“When I step onto that field,” Mostert said, “I want everybody to say, ‘That’s a bad mo-fo.’”

Everybody was saying that in January, when Mostert produced the mother of all games in the NFC Championship Game. He had the biggest day from a running back in franchise history when he gained 220 yards with four touchdowns in the 49ers’ victory over the Green Bay Packers to send the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

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Mostert saw NFL regular-season action with four different teams before finishing the 2016 season with the 49ers. In his first three years, he had a total of eight rushing attempts. He finally earned a chance in 2018 and gained 261 yards on 34 attempts.

Last season, he broke out from being considered solely a special-teams ace. Mostert gained a team-leading 772 yards and eight touchdowns on 137 attempts.

In the offseason, he worked on getting his body prepared for the rigors of an increased workload by improving his strength and body mass. Mostert figures to be the headliner of a group of running backs that includes Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson.

“I've got to prepare myself because I am the starting running back,” said Mostert, who agreed to a reworked contract that added incentives to his deal to pay him accordingly if he again leads the team in rushing.

Mostert later clarified that he projects himself as a starter just as 49ers running backs coach Bobby Turner believes the team’s depth chart at running back is full of starting-caliber players.

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But, actually, Mostert’s next starting assignment will be his first. He said he is not too concerned whether he is on the field for the first snap of the game.

“Truthfully, it doesn’t make any difference,” Mostert said. “I got to have that mindset that I am the starter, but when it comes down to it, we have five, six different starters in our room.

“I do feel I’m the starter. (That’s) no dig to anyone in the room. We’re all brothers and that’s our approach.”

Seahawks claim D.J. Reed day after 49ers waived injured defensive back

Seahawks claim D.J. Reed day after 49ers waived injured defensive back

The 49ers took a gamble Tuesday when the club placed defensive back D.J. Reed on waivers.

One day later, the Seattle Seahawks pounced.

The Seahawks claimed Reed off waivers. He goes on the active/non-football injury list due to a torn pectoral sustained during an offseason workout.

General manager John Lynch said this week the decision was made to effectively end Reed’s season with the 49ers because the club anticipated his return no earlier than November. Lynch said the team did not want to devote a roster spot to a player who might not be available to play until December.

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While Reed currently counts against the Seahawks’ roster, he will open the season on reserve/non-football injury. He will be ineligible for the first six weeks of the season, but could return to contribute later in the season.

Reed, a Bakersfield native who attended college at Kansas, was a fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2018.

He appeared in 31 regular-season games and all three postseason games during his time with the club. He started two games as a rookie and is capable of playing cornerback, nickel back and safety.

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After registering 41 tackles and a sack as a rookie, Reed saw limited action last season with 13 tackles. He was one of the team's core special-teams players. Reed scored a touchdown on a 5-yard fumble return on kickoff coverage after a botched lateral on the final play of the 49ers’ 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 17.

Reed becomes the fourth former 49ers player on the Seahawks, joining running back Carlos Hyde, guard Mike Iupati and fullback Nick Bellore.