Final 49ers mock draft

1 These are the players I think the 49ers will select in the 2017 NFL draft, which starts today. Round 1, pick No. 2: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M. The Browns have the first pick, and their owner, Jimmy Haslam, needs to sell the team. His company, Pilot Flying J, failed to pay rebates and defrauded many of its customers, including the U.S. Postal Service. Haslam may face indictment, law suits and…

April 27, 2017
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The good and not so good from the 49ers first practice with Kyle Shanahan

1 SANTA CLARA The 49ers held their first practice of the offseason in front of the media Wednesday afternoon. Before I get into the good and not so good from the players, I want to start with the good and not so good from the head coach – Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan is an interactive coach, like Jim Harbaugh. This is good. During position drills, Shanahan stands in the middle of…

April 26, 2017
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Jimmie Ward breaks down his switch to free safety

SANTA CLARA Jimmie Ward spoke to Bay Area reporters Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said. Q: How has the transition been to free safety? WARD: It’s been going good so far. Can’t wait until today. Q: Do you like that? It seemed like you were good at outside corner last year? WARD: I like all the DB spots. I don’t have one favorite or one specific spot I would rather…

April 26, 2017
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Tom Rathman inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday afternoon they have inducted Tom Rathman into their Hall of Fame. Here is a statement from Rathman, courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department: “I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er. I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go because that’s who I am. It feels great to be with the guys who are already in the 49ers Hall of Fame. Dating…

April 25, 2017
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John Lynch on the No. 2 pick: “We’ve gotten to a point where there’s consensus.”

1 SANTA CLARA This is the transcript of John Lynch’s pre-draft press conference courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department. Opening statement: “Welcome to where we’ve been spending our lives here for the last couple of months. This is an exciting week for me and everybody involved with this organization, everybody in this league. It’s the culmination of, for me, when I was hired right before the Super Bowl, we immediately…

April 24, 2017
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An early prediction of 49ers’ record

1 It’s too early to predict how many games the 49ers will win next season and if they’ll make the playoffs for the first time since 2014. It’s only April 22. The draft is five days away. We’ll have a much better sense of who the Niners are and how they’ll finish the season once they start training and practicing. But waiting stinks. And this past Thursday the NFL released…

April 22, 2017
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49ers 2017 schedule

1 The 49ers just released their schedule for 2017. How many games do you think they’ll win? Week 1: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 10. vs. the Carolina Panthers. Week 2: 1:25 p.m. Sunday, September 17. @ the Seattle Seahawks. Week 3: 5:25 p.m. Thursday, September 21. vs. the Los Angeles Rams. Week 4: 1:05 p.m. Sunday, October 1. @ the Arizona Cardinals. Week 5: 10:00 a.m. Sunday, October 8. @…

April 20, 2017
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Raiders 7-round mock draft

1 These are the picks I think the Raiders will make next week. Stay tuned for my final 49ers mock draft  — it’s coming soon. Round  1, pick No. 24: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU. The Raiders’ biggest holes are in their defensive backfield, and White is similar to a cornerback Reggie McKenzie tried to sign in 2016 — Janoris Jenkins. Round 2, pick No. 56: Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt. The Raiders need…

April 19, 2017
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Report: 49ers sign OT Garry Gilliam

1 Monday afternoon, the 49ers signed one of the worst offensive linemen from one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL — Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Garry Gilliam — to a one-year offer sheet, according to Adam Schefter. Seahawks’ RFA Garry Gilliam signed offer sheet with 49ers, as @mattbarrows reported. It is a one-year, $2.2 million deal, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 18, 2017 Gilliam was a…

April 18, 2017
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SF Giants dynasty is over

The Giants had a good run, but it’s over. They seemed to think the end would never come, seemed to think they were one elite closer away from winning the World Series. They got their closer — signed Mark Melancon this offseason — and now they’re in last place in the NL West. Their record is 5-9. Their record is not a fluke. The Giants are not a good team….

April 17, 2017
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Why 49ers shouldn’t draft LSU’s Leonard Fournette

1 Of all the things the 49ers could do with their first-round pick, drafting LSU running back Leonard Fournette would be the worst. He shouldn’t even be in the discussion. But he may be in it, according to draft insider Tony Pauline. “Sources with knowledge of the situation tell me the San Francisco 49ers are very high on Fournette and are seriously considering using the second pick of the draft…

April 14, 2017
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Three players the 49ers absolutely should not draft

1 I know you’re busy thinking about all the players the 49ers should draft two weeks from now. But, I’d like you to take a minute to name three players the 49ers should NOT draft, and explain your picks. I’ll start the discussion: Christian McCaffrey, RB/WR, Stanford. The 49ers have too many needs to spend a high pick on a gadget player. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama. The defense needs a cornerback, but…

April 13, 2017
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John Lynch on trading the No. 2 pick: ‘We’re open for business.’

1 John Lynch spoke at the 49ers local Pro Day Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department. Want to start on the local pro day angle first? Just what are your thoughts on any of these guys out here? “It’s just fun. First of all, this week’s been fun because you actually look out here and see players on the field and I’ve watched about…

April 12, 2017
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Report: 49ers considering RB Leonard Fournette with No. 2 pick

1 Tell me if you buy this. The San Francisco 49ers are “seriously considering” drafting LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the No. 2 pick, according to Tony Pauline. “The new front office wants a bigger back to run the offense,” Pauline writes, “and they’re ready to give up on Carlos Hyde, who has had his struggles staying healthy since being drafted by the franchise in 2014.” Four questions for…

April 11, 2017
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DeForest Buckner talks about attacking the ball and extreme violence

SANTA CLARA Here are select quotes from DeForest Buckner’s first press conference of 2017. Q: Where have the coaches said you’re going to play? BUCKNER: “Last year, I moved around a lot. Right now, Coach is telling me the big end spot and some 3-technique.” Q: You’ve trained a lot with Michael Bennett who comes from a similar scheme. Have you talked to him about the nuances of that front?…

April 10, 2017
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Robert Saleh: “Stopping the run is our number one priority.”

SANTA CLARA 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh spoke in the 49ers auditorium after Kyle Shanahan Monday afternoon. Here is a transcript courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department.   What’s your impression just looking at the roster you have, the film work you’ve done, the group you’re inheriting, what do you think about the defense you guys have? “We’re excited about it as a staff. There’s a lot of pieces to work…

April 10, 2017
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Kyle Shanahan: “You can’t be great at everything. You’ve got to commit to something.”

SANTA CLARA Kyle Shanahan spoke in the 49ers auditorium Monday afternoon. Here is a transcript courtesy of the 49ers P.R. department. Was everybody you expected here? “Yeah. Everyone was here. So, it was 100-percent. I was excited about that.” And what was the first message to the team when you got them together? “There was a bunch. We just had to get to know each other a little bit. I…

April 10, 2017
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49ers give Frank Gore’s old jersey number to Tim Hightower

The time is now!!! #faithful #thankful #brickbybrick #purposedriven #numbertheygaveme #willbechanged much respect to @fg2132 #legend #numbershouldberetired A post shared by Tim Hightower (@tim_hightower) on Apr 10, 2017 at 7:15am PDT Someone with the 49ers screwed up. The team’s newest running back, Tim Hightower, posted a picture of his locker this morning. Above his locker is his nameplate, which includes his jersey number — 21. As you know, this was Frank…

April 10, 2017
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49ers mock draft 3.0

1 With the NFL draft just 20 days away, these are the picks I think the 49ers will make. Remember, this is fluid process. Round 1, pick No. 2:  Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State.  The new base defense places eight men in the box at all times. This configuration is strong against the run, but somewhat exposed against the pass. So, the cornerbacks have to be fantastic. Lattimore is fantastic. Round 2,…

April 8, 2017
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49ers release Tramaine Brock after domestic violence arrest

1 The San Francisco 49ers just announced they have released 28-year-old cornerback Tramaine Brock. Santa Clara Police arrested Brock  for domestic violence Thursday, according to Robert Handa of NBC Bay Area. Brock posted bail Friday morning — you can see his mugshot above. Police allegedly found marks on Brock’s girlfriend’s neck, but have not yet filed charges against him. Police are still investigating.

April 7, 2017
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