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Terrell Owens, Earl Cooper set to announce 49ers draft picks

Terrell Owens, Earl Cooper set to announce 49ers draft picks

Two prominent 49ers alumni will announce the team’s draft picks in a few weeks.

On Thursday, the NFL announced 64 legends that will be announcing the second and third round picks of the draft. Round 2 Draft selections will be announced by previous NFL club first-round picks, while Round 3 will be announced by players who were drafted in later rounds. As such, former fullback and tight end Earl Cooper will announce San Francisco's second-round pick while Terrell Owens will go to the podium in the third round.

Cooper was the 13th overall pick of the 1980 draft. He went on to play for the club for six seasons and was a member of the Super Bowl XVI and XIX championship teams. He caught a touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the team’s win over the Bengals in Super Bowl XVI. 

Owens was selected in the third round of the 1996 draft as the 89th overall pick and played for the 49ers for eight seasons. The five-time All-Pro wide receiver was also selected to the Pro Bowl six times and lead the league in receiving touchdowns in three different seasons (2001, 2002 and 2006).

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Owens was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. He will be inducted into the 49ers Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Hall of Fame during the first 2019 regular season home game. 

49ers' Trent Taylor offers to replace fan jerseys after changing number

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49ers' Trent Taylor offers to replace fan jerseys after changing number

Trent Taylor fans were a little miffed at the third-year receiver’s decision to change his jersey number from 81 to 15. 

To ease the minds of his 49ers fans, Taylor announced on his Instagram how they can go about getting a replacement from him. 

Fans who own Taylor’s No. 81 jersey simply need to take a photo of themselves wearing the jersey and post a picture on social media tagging Taylor and/or using the hashtag #Taylor15. 

There were rumors that the number change was a result of Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens' number being retired. He will be inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. Hall of Fame at the first home game of 2019.

Retiring the number does not appear to be in the immediate plans, however. Newly-signed receiver Jordan Matthews will likely don the No. 81. 

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Jed York recently mentioned at the NFL owners meeting that he is in favor of temporary retirement of numbers and honoring former players in other ways. He clarified that obviously Joe Montana’s No. 16 and Jerry Rice’s No. 80 are exceptions to that rule.

Pierre Garçon was the most recent player to wear the No. 15. The 49ers released the veteran receiver during the offseason.

Why Terrell Owens believes sky is limit for Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

Why Terrell Owens believes sky is limit for Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

On the day the organization announced that Terrell Owens would be inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, the receiver spoke to the media via conference call about myriad topics, including what he sees from the current team.

It seems T.O. is quite aware of the goings-on in Santa Clara.

“With the 49ers, they definitely have some pieces in place,” Owens said. “And No. 1, it starts with the quarterback. 

“I know Jimmy Garoppolo just got hurt last year, but again, with the upside, and what I think of what people saw of him, within the last two years, of what he can do, and you put some pieces around him, the sky is the limit.” 

Owens acknowledged that health has a big determining effect on how a team performs through a season and that every year is different. He spoke about how important a defense is and explained how the chemistry of a team can be a make-or-break factor for its success. 

“Obviously defense wins championships,” Owens said. “And you don’t have to be the No. 1, No. 2, 3 defense. As long as you’re playing good at the right time and everybody is playing in unison and harmony with each other, and there’s that chemistry, anything can happen." 

Owens went even further to give Garoppolo extra credit for being Tom Brady’s backup in New England prior to his arrival in the Bay Area. 

“You’re not going to find a team with the dynamic and the make-up of your New England Patriots,” Owens said, “but I think if you look at Tom Brady and you see who has backed Tom Brady up over the years, and you guys have him on your squad now, with Jimmy, then obviously again you have a tremendous potential there at the quarterback position.”

Owens also acknowledged the 49ers’ need to build a supporting cast for their franchise quarterback. Both coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch are on the same page with the Hall of Famer, taking a close look at receivers while at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. 

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“Now you just got to put some pieces around this guy,” Owens said, “and then have a great training camp and like I said, barring injuries, anything can happen going into the playoffs. But again, you have all the pieces right there in place to be very, very successful.” 

Owens will be inducted during the 2019 season, and he already confirmed he will be in attendance for the event.