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2019 Senior Bowl: 49ers staff will coach these five quarterbacks

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2019 Senior Bowl: 49ers staff will coach these five quarterbacks

The 49ers do not head into the offseason with quarterback ranking among their top needs.

But things could change after coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff get the opportunity to work with five promising players next week at the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl put together a collection of the top nine eligible quarterbacks to take part in the week of practices and the Jan. 26 game in Mobile, Alabama. Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson was a late addition over the weekend as a fourth-year junior graduate who declared for the draft.

The 49ers believe they already have three NFL-caliber quarterbacks on their roster. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to return from a torn ACL suffered in Week 3 to regain his starting job during the offseason program. Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard are scheduled to compete for the backup role. The 49ers will likely add a fourth quarterback to their 90-man offseason roster.

Here are the five quarterbacks who have been assigned to the 49ers-coached South squad:

Tyree Jackson, Buffalo, 6-7, 245
He has the size, strength and natural throwing ability – similar to Josh Allen a year ago – that will undoubtedly prompt some team to take him within the first two rounds of the draft. He completed 55.3 percent of his passes las season, so he needs to work on his accuracy. He threw for 3,131 yars with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Although he rushed for only 161 yards, he scored seven TDs.
Projected: Early rounds

Will Grier, West Virginia, 6-2, 223
Grier skipped the Mountaineers bowl game to focus (and remain healthy) for the draft. In his final season, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 passing yards and 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Projected: Early rounds

Clayton Thorson, Northwestern, 6-4, 226
He’s got good size and a big arm, but the production was often lacking. He completed 61 percent of his passes with 3,183 yards throwing, but he had 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Projected: Mid rounds

Jarrett Stidham, Auburn, 6-3, 215
If he had declared for the draft a year ago, he might have been a first-round pick. But he returned to school and his play, as well as his team’s record, went downhill. He completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 2,794 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Projected: Mid rounds

Gardner Minshew II, Washington State, 6-2, 220
He was the Pac-12’s Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in passing with 373.1 yards per game. He completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 4,776 yards with 38 TDs and nine interceptions. But in Mike Leach’s offense, he was not required to make many NFL-type throws.
Projected: Late rounds

North quarterbacks

These players have been assigned to the Raiders-coached North squad:

Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4, 225
Projected: Early rounds

Daniel Jones, Duke, 6-5, 220
Projected: Early rounds

Ryan Finley, North Carolina State, 6-4, 212
Projected: Early rounds

Trace McSorley, Penn State, 6-0, 203
Projected: Late rounds

Jon Gruden, Raiders will coach intriguing wide receivers at Senior Bowl

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Jon Gruden, Raiders will coach intriguing wide receivers at Senior Bowl

The Raiders need new receivers, maybe more than one from the 2019 NFL draft class. A positional overhaul is expected and, when looking at a shallow free-agent class at the position, selecting an amateur early and again later on could provide the raw talent needed to improve the Raiders passing game.

Head coach Jon Gruden and staff will work with several up close while coaching the North Team at the Senior Bowl. Here’s a look at who the Raiders will be coaching up during the practice week leading up to the Jan. 26 all-star game in Mobile, Ala.:

Keelan Doss, UC Davis, 6-3, 206
Gruden likes big receivers with solid hands, and this small-school product will be trying to impress a team in his own backyard. The Alameda native had an excellent career with the Aggies, totalling 321 recpetios for 4,069 yards and 28 touchdowns during his four college seasons.

If he impresses the Raiders enough to warrant a selection, Doss could ride a bike to work. Until the Raiders move to Las Vegas, anyway.
Projected: Late-rounds

Emanuel Hall, Missouri, 6-3, 200
The Raider need a vertical threat, and Hall could be one found in the middle rounds. He was a burner with athleticism to spare and a producer over his last two seasons at Missouri, recording 70 receptions for 1,645 yards and 14 touchdowns in that span. He’ll have to show reliable hands and catching ability, even on deep passes, during Senior Bowl week to warrant strong consideration.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Andy Isabella, Massachusetts, 5-10, 195
Isabella isn’t a big guy or terribly physical at the line of scrimmage, but has solid change of direction, grit and finds ways to plays. He could be the shifty, productive slot receiver the Raiders haven’t had recently, so he’s someone to keep an eye. This is another small-school looking to show well on a bigger stage, proving that solid production wasn’t just a product of lesser competition. Analysts say he’s a good route runner who is adept at creating separation.
Projected: Late-rounds

Anthony Johnson, Buffalo, 6-2, 210
Johnson caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 touchdowns during his two seasons at Buffalo, with a knack for significant yards after the catch. Analysts say he has reliable hands and could be a solid possession receiver. He can play outside and in the slot.
Projected: Late-rounds

Terry McLaurin, Ohio State, 6-1, 205
McLaurin’s a big-school receiver who didn’t break out until his senior year, largely due to a talent logjam at his position. He had 35 catches for 701 yards with 11 touchdowns, averaging 20 yards per catch. Analysts say he’s an NFL-caliber route runner, something Gruden will like if that pans out during the Senior Bowl. He’s an athlete with room to improve, which could make him a developmental prospect.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Jakobi Meyers, N.C. State, 6-2, 203
North Carolina State a prep quarterback to receiver, and the position switch worked out well. He set a school record in 2018 with 92 catches for 1,047 yards in 2018, and has chose to turn pro after that. He can go up and get the ball and has solid hands, which could negate some struggled to create separation.
Projected: Late-rounds

Alex Wesley, Northern Colorado, 6-0, 184
Wesley was simply better than the smaller-school cornerbacks he was facing, and had 112 catches for 2,060 yards and 10 touchdowns over his last two years and North Colorado. He has a track background, and can stretch the field well. Match that will solid ball skills and you have an intriguing prospect worth watching during Senior Bowl week.
Projected: Late-rounds

49ers will coach these seven wide receiver prospects at Senior Bowl

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49ers will coach these seven wide receiver prospects at Senior Bowl

The 49ers enter the offseason with a need to upgrade their receiving corps, and they will get a close look at a wide range of playing styles at the Senior Bowl later this month.

The 49ers will coach the South team, and seven wide receivers were assigned to their team, the Senior Bowl announced.

Here is a look at the wide receivers who will be under the tutelage of the 49ers’ coaching staff for a week, concluding with the game in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, Jan. 26 (the remaining players will be assigned to the South and North rosters in the coming day):

David Sills V, West Virginia, 6-4, 210
The 49ers could certainly use a red-zone target, and that is what Sills provides with his length and strength. In his final two seasons, he caught 125 passes for 1,966 yards and 33 touchdowns. Coach Kyle Shanahan will want to see if Sills can create separation at all spots of the field.
Projected: Early rounds

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210
Samuels had a combined 121 catches for 1,665 yards in his sophomore and senior seasons, between an injury-plagued 2017. He also has value on kickoff returns, where he accounted for four touchdowns on 41 returns over this final three seasons.
Projected: Early rounds

Jaylen Smith, Louisville, 6-4, 223
Smith has good size and strength. The one-on-one drills will be crucial for Smith, as he must show speed and route-running ability. He put together a solid four-year career with 152 receptions for 2,505 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3, 206
Brady is a strong blocker who could be an asset to the 49ers in the run game, too. Like all of the bigger receivers, his ability to create separation will determine how high the 49ers place him on their draft board. In his final two years of college, he caught 133 passes for 1,944 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion, 6-3, 215
He has the frame and potential to build on what he did in college, as he must refine his route-running. He caught a career-best 63 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.
Projected: Late rounds

Jalen Hurd, Baylor, 6-4, 229
Hurd has the kind of versatility that might inspire Shanahan to devise special packages for him. He rushed for 2,100 yards and 17 touchdowns over his first two seasons as a running back at Tennessee. He completed his college eligibility at Baylor as a wide receiver, where he caught 69 passes for 946 yards and four TDs as a senior.
Projected: Late rounds

Hunter Renfrow, Clemson, 5-10, 180
The 49ers already have Trent Taylor and Richie James. Renfrow is a reliable slot receiver. He was a steady performer during his four-year career, catching 186 passes for 2,133 yards and 15 touchdowns. His best season was as a junior, when he caught 60 passes for 602 yards.
Projected: Late rounds