The NFL Scouting Combine is in the rear-view mirror. Pro days are winding down. Each team is lining up its visits with 30 draft-eligible prospects.
The NFL owners meeting has wrapped up, and the next major event on the league’s calendar is the three-day draft, which is scheduled for April 25-27 in Nashville.
Rumors, speculation and whispers are commonplace as teams create their wish lists for the draft. It is getting more and more difficult to separate secrets from smokescreens. That's where we come in.
After spending some late nights gathering information at the owners meeting in Phoenix, we got together to collaborate on Mock Draft 3.0.
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It's a video that has gone viral of a moment an Oregon coach disarmed a student who entered a school possessing a firearm.
Keanon Lowe, a former 49ers assistant coach, now serves as the head football coach and security guard at Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore. He's also a hero after preventing a shooting when he embraced a gunman and caused them to surrender his weapon:
The gunman walked into one of the buildings at the school with a shotgun hidden under a jacket he was carrying in his arms on May 17.
“I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him," Lowe told reporters. "I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living.”
Lowe is also a former standout star wide receiver at the University of Oregon.
“The universe works in amazing ways," Lowe added. "I’m lucky and I’m happy that I was in that classroom for all those kids and I was able to prevent that tragedy."
Nobody was injured in the events.
The 49ers view themselves as underdogs, but few would call them that in Week 7.
San Francisco (5-0) is a massive favorite Sunday against Washington (1-5), and for good reason. The 49ers boast one of the NFL's most dominant defenses this season while Washington is ... well, Washington.
With a win at FedEx Field, the 49ers will have started their season 6-0 for just the fourth time in franchise history, and the first this century. San Francisco made it to the NFC Championship Game following its last 6-0 start in 1990, going 8-2 down the stretch.
Caesars: SF -10 (-110)
Consensus: SF -10 (-109)
Westgate: SF -9.5 (-110)
Wynn: SF -10 (-110)
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Here's how NFL writers around the country see the 49ers-Washington matchup shaking out:
Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 38, Washington 6
John Keim: 49ers 30, Washington 10
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: 49ers 44, Washington 22
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: 49ers 34, Washington 10
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 16, Washington 3
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 34, Washington 13