8:49 AM EDT, Wed April 25, 2018
12 hours ago
John Lynch offers detailed timeline of 49ers pre-draft process

John Lynch offers detailed timeline of 49ers pre-draft process

This was an interesting deep dive by the 49ers GM. The San Francisco 49ers have offered a much more open and transparent process since general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan took over the football operations side of the organization. They still keep plenty close to the vest, but they’ve been more willing to discuss the broader processes they have in place. The latest example came on Monday. Lynch met with the media for the annual pre-draft press conference (video). He did not go into any specifics about the team’s draft board, but he did offer an incredibly detailed...
14 hours ago
Cardinals making noise about wanting to move up in the draft

Cardinals making noise about wanting to move up in the draft

There’s a ton of chatter about teams looking to trade up to get a quarterback. The San Francisco 49ers don’t need a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, but they will still be impacted in a big way by this year’s QB class. At least three quarterbacks are expected to go in the top eight picks, and one general manager told Adam Schefter there is a 50 percent chance four quarterbacks go in the top five picks. One team looking at quarterbacks this year is the Arizona Cardinals. Carson Palmer’s retirement coupled with Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert leaving in free agency left Arizona with...
15 hours ago
Report: 49ers ‘covet’ Tremaine Edmunds at No. 9

Report: 49ers ‘covet’ Tremaine Edmunds at No. 9

We have our first really definitive statement about the 49ers. It could mean something, or it could just be a smokescreen. The 2018 NFL Draft is a little over 48 hours away, and we have our most definitive statement yet on who the San Francisco 49ers are interested in at pick No. 9. NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline is hearing that if Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is available at No. 9, the 49ers will take him. In that recent mock, I have the San Francisco 49ers trading down with the Buffalo Bills and selecting Leighton Vander Esch. This won’t be the case if Tremaine Edmunds is...
16 hours ago
Report: 49ers interested in day three cornerback

Report: 49ers interested in day three cornerback

The 49ers look to be ready for late day three and into undrafted free agency. The San Francisco 49ers have been doing some digging on Vanderbilt cornerback Tre Herndon, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. There is no word on any visits or workouts, but Wilson is reporting the 49ers are one of 20 teams showing interest in a cornerback expected to go late on day three of the 2018 NFL Draft. Herndon stands just under 6’ and weighed in at 188 pounds. He ran a 4.51 40 with a 6.75 six-cone drill time. He reportedly showed solid footwork and backpedaling skills at his Pro day last month. The...
18 hours ago
2018 NN Armchair GM Challenge

2018 NN Armchair GM Challenge

Welcome to the 2018 Armchair GM challenge! We’re back for another year of random predictions. How it works The Armchair GM Championship is a confidence poll, much like the ones you may have done for the college football bowl season. You will submit a list of 20 names that you believe the 49ers will draft, in order of how confident you are that the player will be picked by San Francisco. The first name on your list will be worth 20 points, the second name 19 points, the third 18 points, and so on. We will include UDFA signings, although the cutoff for them signing with the team will be the...
20 hours ago
Jimmie Ward: ‘I kind of wanna catch a pick at all three positions’

Jimmie Ward: ‘I kind of wanna catch a pick at all three positions’

The 49ers defensive back will get opportunities all around the secondary. The San Francisco 49ers are moving defensive back Jimmie Ward from safety back to cornerback this offseason, and it sounds like Ward is comfortable with the change. Ward was one of the players available to the media on Monday, and he took some time to talk about the change. You can watch his media session in the video above, or click here. When asked what position he is playing, Ward said defensive back. He confirmed the move to cornerback, but he also expects to get work at cornerback, nickel back, and safety. He...
23 hours ago
49ers still deciding on 5th year options for Arik Armstead, Laken Tomlinson

49ers still deciding on 5th year options for Arik Armstead, Laken Tomlinson

The 49ers have to decide before Thursday, May 3rd. The San Francisco 49ers have a lot of decisions to make between now and the end of the weekend, but after the 2018 NFL Draft, they’ll have to finalize two more decisions. The team has to decide whether or not to exercise the fifth year options on the contracts of defensive lineman Arik Armstead and offensive guard Laken Tomlinson. General manager John Lynch met with the media on Monday, and did not have a firm answer when asked about the decisions. He simply said, “We’re getting there. Those decisions have to be made here in the near...
Apr 24, 2018
Kiper, McShay dueling mock draft factors in Roquan Smith-Colts rumor

Kiper, McShay dueling mock draft factors in Roquan Smith-Colts rumor

The 49ers might need LB help, but what if Smith goes off the board? The San Francisco 49ers have been linked to Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith quite a bit in recent weeks as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. Reuben Foster’s future is uncertain due to his felony domestic violence charge, and the 49ers have acknowledged they need to factor his status into their draft plans. However, while Smith and Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds are both mentioned in connection with the 49ers, what if they go before the 49ers pick? Edmunds has had some buzz with the Chicago Bears, and now, Smith is...
Apr 23, 2018
Joe Staley thought he was going to be drafted by the Chiefs, then Ravens

Joe Staley thought he was going to be drafted by the Chiefs, then Ravens

Things worked out pretty well! The San Francisco 49ers hit an absolute home run when they drafted left tackle Joe Staley 11 years ago. The team selected linebacker Patrick Willis with the No. 11 overall pick, and then decided to make a move to get an other first round pick. They traded their fourth round pick that year and their first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots to acquire pick No. 28 in the first round. They then used that pick on Staley. It was almost not to be for the 49ers, however. Staley recently sat down to talk about his draft day experience, and...
Apr 23, 2018
Jimmy Garoppolo on offseason throwing sessions, his beard, growing expectations

Jimmy Garoppolo on offseason throwing sessions, his beard, growing expectations

The 49ers quarterback met with the media on Monday, a week into the offseason workout program. We’ve got video and a transcript. What were you doing before you reported here for the offseason program? “I was just in L.A. training out there. I initially went to Chicago for a little while, saw my family and everything and then got out to L.A. and right back to it.” Have you set up shop here? Are you now a Northern California resident? “Of course, yeah. I don’t think I’m technically a resident yet. There’s some stuff that goes into it. But yeah, currently looking for a place...
Apr 23, 2018
49ers biggest long-term draft needs heading into Thursday

49ers biggest long-term draft needs heading into Thursday

The 49ers need help soon at edge rusher and guard. But what are the longer term needs to address? The 2018 NFL Draft is a little over 72 hours away, which means we will finally get some answers to the San Francisco 49ers burning questions. We’ll find out who the team values in the draft, but we’ll also find out who they may value more than we expected on the existing roster. A draft pick says something, but not picking at a given position tells us something as well. The 49ers head into the draft with a few areas needing starting help, and a lot of areas needing some depth help. We know...
Apr 23, 2018
Jimmy G’s got a beard

Jimmy G’s got a beard

We’ll see if he can get it up to mine or Brady’s level. We officially have our biggest development of the San Francisco 49ers offseason workout program. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reported to the facility with a new beard. Jimmy Garoppolo: “The beard is just kind of happening.” Says he needs to get beard oil that everyone is recommending to him. pic.twitter.com/51hVEM2WDG— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) April 23, 2018 He apparently just decided to let it start happening, and now it’s gone well beyond the 5 o’clock shadow stage. It’s not quite to the level of myself...
Apr 23, 2018
John Lynch offers details on 49ers defensive end plans

John Lynch offers details on 49ers defensive end plans

The 49ers have Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas, and then need to figure out what’s next. The San Francisco 49ers have question marks in their pass rush, and they have plenty to consider heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. General manager John Lynch took some time on Monday to discuss the team’s edge rusher situation, and how the team plans on utilizing some of their bigger names. Right now, the plan is to line up Arik Armstead at the “big end” position on base downs, a year after they tried to work him into the LEO end position. Second-year defensive lineman Solomon Thomas will get...
Apr 23, 2018
Lynch: If Reuben Foster hit the woman, he will not be part of the 49ers

Lynch: If Reuben Foster hit the woman, he will not be part of the 49ers

The 49ers GM continues with what he describes as a patient approach. San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch met with the media for his official pre-draft press conference, and naturally, he had a chance to comment on Reuben Foster’s on-going legal situation. Foster is currently facing a charge of felony domestic violence, along with two other felonies. Lynch said he is not at liberty to go into depth on the situation due to the ongoing legal process. He did say however that if these charges are proven true, and “if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won’t be part of our...
Apr 23, 2018
Report: 49ers have interest in late round prospect Patrick Afriyie

Report: 49ers have interest in late round prospect Patrick Afriyie

He was the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. The San Francisco 49ers are finalizing their big board for this week’s 2018 NFL Draft, and while the first round is where the high profile action is, the team will do plenty of work on the back end. And it appears they have their eye on a late round defensive end prospect. The team is interested in Colgate defensive end Patrick Afriyie, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. Colgate DE Patrick Afriyie is drawing late round interest from 49ers, Packers, Giants, Broncos— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 23, 2018 Afriyie...

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