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Report: 49ers to host former Alabama defensive star for pre-draft visit

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Report: 49ers to host former Alabama defensive star for pre-draft visit

The 49ers are reportedly visiting this week with the prospect who was named as the best defensive player in college football in 2017. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers are hosting former Alabama star Minkah Fitzpatrick. 

Fitzpatrick won the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's best defensive player, and the Jim Thorpe Award, handed to the nation's top defensive back. Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing just over 200 pounds, Fitzpatrick is full of versatility. 

At Alabama, Fitzpatrick played safety and cornerback, and played multiple roles on special teams as well. 

In three years with the Crimson Tide, Fitzpatrick came away with nine interceptions, four returned for touchdown, 24 pass defenses, five sacks, and 171 total tackles. The 49ers hold the No. 9 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. 

The first round of the NFL Draft begins April 27, just over three weeks away. 

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

In case you didn't have cell phone reception over the weekend and missed it, Jerry Rice made it official ...

"I'm the f***ing best football player of all time," Rice declared while in Tahoe for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

In football, we typically separate the "best ever" by position group because it's hard to determine the best player overall. So, it's basically unanimous that Rice is the best wide receiver to ever play.

But what made him so special?

"The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at -- Jerry Rice is the best conditioned athlete I've ever seen," Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said Monday on Fox Sports 1. "He took training to whole another level. ... Jerry Rice wasn't fast on the clock, but he had game speed. I never saw anyone catch him.

"He was the No. 1 football player ever at catch and run. They didn't talk about yards after catch until Jerry Rice. The No. 1 focused and disciplined athlete that I've ever been around."

Rice holds NFL records in touchdowns (208), receiving yards (22,895) and receptions (1,549) -- to name a few ...

Richard Sherman bluntly explains how the Seahawks 'lost their way'

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Richard Sherman bluntly explains how the Seahawks 'lost their way'

How does Richard Sherman really feel about the Seahawks? Well, you don't have to wonder.

The 49ers cornerback pretty much laid it all out there to Robert Klemko of the MMQB.

“They’ve lost their way. It’s as simple as that," Sherman said. "They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you gotta make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.

"When we were rolling, it was an environment for pure competitors. When it becomes something else, then it’s more difficult to thrive in, and I think that’s what was tough on Earl (Thomas), that’s what was tough on a lot of guys. But I think as it kind of progressed, you start seeing the writing on the wall.

"You’re like, ‘Not only are they probably moving in a different direction,’ but it’s like, ‘Ah, well, I kind of want to move in a different direction, too.’ So it happens like that. All great things must come to an end, I guess.

“I’m not even going to worry about it now. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

Sherman, who spent seven seasons in Seattle, isn't worried about what happened and is happening there, but back in March, he made it clear that one reason he signed with the 49ers was because of the opportunity to face the Seahawks twice per season.

The 49ers are scheduled to play in Seattle on Dec. 2 and host the Seahawks on Dec. 16.