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.
Former Raiders running back Marcus Allen knows a thing or two about the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
August marks 15 years since his induction, which came six years after his retirement from the NFL. He told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kelli Johnson and Monte Poole during The Happy Hour on Friday that the honor's meaning was "hard to put into words."
Consider Allen surprised, then, that soon-to-be-inducted Terrell Owens will skip the ceremony in Canton, OH on August 4.
"It's mind-boggling to me because I think there is no greater platform in the football world than the Hall of Fame to really sort of say 'thank you' to all the people that have helped you get there," Allen said from the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe.
"No man's an island. We didn't get there by ourselves," Allen continued. "My father [introduced me] and I wanted the world to know who supported me [along the way]."
Allen added that he thinks Owens will regret the decision in the long run.
The former 49ers wide receiver will commemorate his induction on August 4 with a speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 3:17 p.m. CT (1:17 p.m. PT), hours before the festivities in Canton. The Hall of Fame won't mention Owens at the ceremony, but will maill him his gold jacket that day.
Legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice has a case as good as anyone as the greatest football player of all time.
He is a three-time Super Bowl champion, a 13-time Pro Bowl pick and a 10-time first-team All-Pro. He's the NFL career leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208).
But you don't need us to tell you. The former 49ers and Raiders wideout made the case for himself with some colorful language to Charles Barkley at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe.
We couldn't have put it better ourselves.