Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat will make a trip to visit the 49ers in Santa Clara prior to next month's NFL draft.
Sweat on Wednesday told Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network that he will visit the 49ers, Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. He's also likely to add other pre-draft visits to his travel schedule.
Sweat is the fifth known defensive player with whom the 49ers have arranged visits. General manager John Lynch this week confirmed the 49ers have visits set up with Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Kentucky’s Josh Allen and Michigan’s Rashan Gary. Each team is allowed to bring in 30 out-of-the-area prospects for pre-draft visits.
Sweat is not likely to be among the top options for the 49ers if they remain at the No. 2 overall pick. Bosa is expected to be the front-runner for the 49ers if the Arizona Cardinals select quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1. Williams and Allen also are legitimate options. But if the 49ers have an opportunity to trade back to acquire more draft picks, Sweat could come into play.
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Sweat recorded 22.5 sacks in his two seasons at Mississippi State after transferring from Michigan State. He was on the 49ers-coached team at the Senior Bowl, but newly hired defensive line coach Kris Kocurek did not make the trip to Mobile, Ala.
Sweat (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) had an impressive showing at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis. He led all edge rushers, defensive linemen and linebackers with a time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also stood out with a leap of 125 inches in the broad jump.
If you want to know how strong George Kittle is, you can just ask Marcus Williams.
If you don't have the ability to contact an NFL safety and/or don't want to troll one on social media while trying to do so, you can just watch this video of the 49ers tight end bench-pressing a ridiculous amount of weight courtesy of trainer Josh Cuthbert.
That's five plates on each side of the bar, which Cuthbert said in a comment on his post added up to 375 pounds.
So, Kittle could bench press new 49ers left tackle Trent Williams' listed weight on the team website ... and still have 55 pounds to work with.
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Cuthbert conspiculously included the hashtag #PayGeorgeKittle, referring to the star tight end's contract extension negotiations with the 49ers. Kittle didn't share that post on his Instagram story, which shouldn't be much of a surprise considering his prior comments about not wanting to hold out.
“Being a captain, I want to be there for my team and I need to show the right leadership skills,” Kittle said.
Even if Kittle did hold out, it'd be hard to argue against the example that video would set from a distance.
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It's not clear if Kittle and the 49ers will agree to a contract extension before training camp is scheduled to begin later this month. NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported last month that the two sides haven't appeared to make much progress.
If and when Kittle reaches an agreement with the 49ers, they'll know he pretty easily could bench-press the table it's signed upon.
The 49ers love to rip on one another, and no player's Instagram posts are safe.
Exhibit No. 4,949 (give or take)? Trent Taylor's
thirst trap Instagram photo from earlier this week.
Based on the picture above, you surely know what followed.
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Taylor didn't play a single game in 2019, missing all of the season due to complications with his injured foot. You wouldn't know that reading the comments, though.
The 26-year-old slot receiver was a fixture at the 49ers' player-organized workouts earlier in the offseason, rebuilding a connection with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that was so strong in 2017. Taylor could play a big role this season, considering Deebo Samuel and Richie James' offseason injuries.
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The 49ers hope Taylor can reach his 2017 level, and some big performances surely would lead to more Instagram posts.
That, more than anything, might be why his teammates want to see Taylor succeed.