Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson took a pre-draft visit to meet with the 49ers on Monday, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area.
Jackson is expected to be a first-round pick in next week’s NFL draft after earning consensus All-America honors with a nation-leading eight interceptions. He was named Big Ten defensive back of the year and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back.
He was named National Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett three times in Iowa’s 55-24 victory over Ohio State in November.
In addition his eight interceptions, Jackson led the nation with 26 pass breakups and opposing quarterbacks’ passer rating was 36.5 when throwing to his side, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jackson (6-0 3/8, 192) has the size and speed the 49ers desire from their cornerbacks. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.
The 49ers have held known pre-draft visits with Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, both of whom are also expected to be first-round draft picks.
The 49ers really messed with the Rams' heads.
In the wake of Los Angeles' 20-7 loss to San Francisco in Week 6, the Rams first traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, and then made an even bigger move.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been traded to the Rams in exchange for two first-round and one fourth-round draft pick.
Ramsey is arguably the best cornerback in the game, and has been widely rumored to be on the trade block ever since getting into a sideline confrontation with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone in Week 2.
It appears Ramsey got his wish and got out of Jacksonville. The 49ers will see him in Week 16 when the Rams visit Levi's Stadium.
49ers running back Matt Breida was the latest guy to get mic'd up, but it was obvious he was a man of few words -- especially in the situation he was in. But the words he did say, he made them count.
In the beginning, you could hear the simple "Let's go," chants from Breida as he cheered on his teammates during Sunday's 20-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
But, as the game went on and he began to have a sense of sympathy (just kidding) toward the Rams, he got more vocal.
"I would hate to be on that team, knowing there's nothing you can do," Breida said.
Going up against the 49ers defense is a task many of us should be thankful we don't have to partake in.
Against the Rams, Arik Armstead got the 49ers to take an early lead in the second half when he grabbed a bad pitch from Jared Goff earning the defensive end Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week honors.
"There are too many of them," Breida added in the mic'd up video. "They're too good. We've got all first-round draft picks on the D-line."
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That's not a bad weapon to have on your team.
Plus, it's a nice clip to watch with the Greg Papa touchdown call. That's something 49ers fans will never get sick of listening to.