What DK Metcalf learned in 49ers interview at NFL Scouting combine

What DK Metcalf learned in 49ers interview at NFL Scouting combine

INDIANAPOLIS — Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf has taken the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine by storm with his speed and skill testing. During his media availability on Saturday, Metcalf indicated that his meeting with the 49ers did not go nearly as smoothly. 

When asked about meeting with coaches Kyle Shanahan and Wes Welker and general manager John Lynch, Metcalf responded with a run-of-the mill positive answer. Then, things got interesting. 

“It went real well,” Metcalf said at Lucas Oil Stadium. “It was a learning experience. He taught me something in that meeting. Him, Wes Welker, all John Lynch all taught me a valuable lesson.” 

When pressed further about what the lesson was, Metcalf simply replied, “Keep your cool,” and did not reveal any further details. 

Metcalf doesn't appear to have a history of anger issues. He did receive a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct for mimicking a dog peeing during a touchdown celebration in 2017. He was imitating a celebration initially done by New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. 

His measurables have gone viral, but there is no telling if the 49ers will give Metcalf another chance. The team does need to add depth at wide receiver, but it is not their top priority. 

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick, and will likely use it to select an edge rusher like Nick Bosa or Josh Allen. The towering receiver will likely be off the board by the team's second-round selection, which is now set as the 36th overall pick. 

Here’s how Metcalf measured up at the combine: 

Height: 6-foot-3 
Weight: 228 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.33 
Vertical: 40.5 
Bench press: 27 reps

For comparison, here is how star Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones measured up at his combine:

Height: 6-foot-3 
Weight: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.34 
Vertical: 38.5 
Bench press: 17 reps 

In terms of speed for a big-bodied pass-catcher, Metcalf also ran faster than both Calvin Johnson and Vernon Davis. They each ran a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. 

Metcalf needed to have an outstanding Combine performance to raise his draft stock, which is exactly what he did. His receiving stats from Ole Miss were stunted by his injuries which kept him off the field. 

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Metcalf only played in seven games in his final college season before declaring for the draft as a redshirt sophomore. He recorded 26 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns before undergoing season-ending neck surgery. Metcalf clearly is back to full health, as indicated by his performance at the combine, and his shirtless photo that went viral beforehand. 

That still might not be enough to sway the 49ers staff to take a chance on him, even if they could. 

Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full speed in change-of-direction drills


Watch 49ers' Jason Verrett go full speed in change-of-direction drills

Cornerback Jason Verrett did not take part in the 49ers’ practices during the offseason program with the plan of being ready to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July.

After missing all of last season with a torn Achilles sustained in a conditioning test at the opening of Los Angeles Chargers training camp, Verrett appears on pace to be cleared at or near the beginning of camp this summer.

Verrett on Monday posted videos to his Instagram account that show him going near full speed in change-of-direction drills. During the last week of the team’s offseason program, Verrett said he expected to be ready for training camp. The 49ers are scheduled to report to camp on July 27.

"I’m going to be ready,” Verrett said. “That’s my main focus. It’s just worrying about what I can control and I’m excited to be getting ready for training camp. My health is pretty much everything and I’m on track to be exactly where I want to be. The day I get on that football field they are going to like what they see.”

Verrett, who turned 28 last week, has played in just 25 games since breaking into the NFL in 2014 as the 25th overall draft pick of the Chargers.

He was limited to just six games because of a shoulder injury as a rookie. After appearing in 14 games in 2015 and earning a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team, Verrett sustained a partial tear of his ACL and played in just four games in 2016.

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In the first game of 2017, Verrett reinjured his knee and sat out the remainder of the season. Verrett missed all of last season with the injury he sustained on the first day of training camp.

Ahkello Witherspoon had a strong offseason program as the starting cornerback opposite Richard Sherman. Verrett is expected to compete with Witherspoon for a starting job.

49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices


49ers training camp starts July 26, includes joint Broncos practices

The 49ers will open training camp at their Santa Clara practice facility on July 26, the NFL announced Monday.

The club’s first practice is slated for Saturday, July 27. The veterans and rookies are scheduled to report on the same date.

Team president Al Guido announced this month that the 49ers would have more open practices for the general public. Dates and times of those practices will be announced in the near future.

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Here is the schedule of important dates for the 49ers in training camp and beyond:

Monday, July 15: Deadline for any club to sign franchise player (49ers, Robbie Gould) to a multi-year contract, 1 p.m. PT.
Friday, July 26: Reporting date for veterans and rookies in Santa Clara.
Saturday, July 27: First practice of training camp.
Monday, July 29: First padded practice of training camp.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Exhibition game vs. Dallas Cowboys, Levi’s Stadium, 6 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16: Joint practice with Denver Broncos in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Saturday, Aug. 17: Joint practice with Denver in Englewood, Colorado, TBA.
Monday, Aug. 19: Exhibition game at Denver, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: Exhibition game at Kansas City Chiefs, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Exhibition game vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Levi’s Stadium, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31: Prior to 1 p.m. PT, all NFL teams must reduce rosters to maximum of 53 players.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at final roster reduction, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Teams can establish 10-player practice squads, approximately 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 29: NFL trade deadline, 1 p.m. (PT).
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Deadline for a franchise player to sign one-year tender with club in order to be eligible to play this season, 1 p.m. (PT).