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Off-Season Events to Watch in the NFL

After making a few coaching adjustments and evaluating their current roster, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are ready to put their past behind them and get busy searching for ways to improve their team. The off-season festivities for Shanahan and the 49ers will begin this week as they prepare to coach at this years Senior Bowl.

 

Senior Bowl
January 22 – January 26, 2019    

Kyle Shanahan and John Gruden have been selected by the NFL as the two head coaches to lead their respective teams at this year’s Reese’e Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Shanahan and his staff will coach the South, while Gruden and his staff coaches the North.

What to look for…

Josh Allan will not be participating, but other edge rushers will be, including Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech and Montez Sweat of Mississippi State. Shanahan will get a closer look then most, as both potential prospects are set to play on his South squad.

Wide receivers Jalen Hurd (Baylor) and Deebo Samuel (South Carolina) will be among the other stalwarts playing for the South. The following links list the entire rosters for both the South and North teams.

 

NFL Scouting Combine
February 26 – March 4, 2019

In Indianapolis, Indiana the nation’s top draft eligible college football players will gather and participate before NFL coaches and executives. All 32 team’s personnel departments and medical staffs will be on hand to evaluate each of the prospects in what has become an up close and personal, four-day job interview. The following are some of the top prospects the 49ers will be evaluating…

Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

He continues to hover a top the draft boards and is believed by many to be the best player in the 2019 NFL Draft. If the Cardinals trade out or pass on him, the 49ers make him their pick.

Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama

Williams is believed by some to be the best defensive player in this years draft. He could go first overall if the Arizona Cardinals take a shine to him. His performance at the combine will be key in regards to where he is eventually selected.

Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

Allen has been shooting up draft boards since his elite performance in the Citris Bowl. Allen dominated against Penn State, recording three sacks and a blocked field goal. If he impresses at the Combine, the 49ers could decide to take him with their 2nd overall pick.

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Williams exhibits all the attributes that NFL scouts look for at the cornerback position. His production dropped off in 2018 and his tackling needs to improve, but overall Williams has the potential to be a top corner in the NFL. The 49ers may consider him if they trade down.

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Ferrell was named a first-team All-American and won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. If he can out perform the other edge rushers, the 49ers could make him their first pick, but more than likely trading down a few slots to get him would be better.

Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

In their NFL mock drafts, both Todd McShay and Daniel Jeremiah have Gary going to the 49ers with the No. 2 overall pick. But he will need to wow teams at the combine and in his private workouts leading up the draft for that to happen.

Devin White, LB, LSU

White is the winner of the 2018 Butkus Award and is considered by many to be the best middle linebacker in his draft class. If they trade down from the second pick, White could be an intriguing target.

Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Williams is considered one of the top offensive tackles in this years draft. However, some scouts believe he may need to slide inside and play guard at the NFL level. The 49ers could consider the 6-foot-4, 297 pound offensive lineman, but only if they trade down, or he falls into the second round.

N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Harry is a strong, physical receiver with elite athleticism who can break through tackles and gain extra yards after-the-catch. But ultimately, it will be his 40-yard dash, 3 cone drill, and Shuttle times at the Combine that will determine his draft stock. He could be an option in the 2nd round for the 49ers.

Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

Standing 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, Oruwariye is a very intriguing prospect and should at least garner a 2nd-round selection in this years draft. He has the quickness scouts look for, but some wonder if he has the speed to keep up with NFL receivers. If he does well at the combine, he could go in the 1st-round.

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NFL Free Agency
March 11 – March 13, 2019

Teams are allowed to correspond and enter into contract negotiations with the agents of players who are to become Unrestricted Free Agents after the expiration of their 2018 contracts on March 13th at 1:00 PM, pacific time. The following is a list of the top NFL Free Agents the 49ers might be interested in.

PLAYER CURRENT TEAM AGE POS HT WT
  DeMarcus Lawrence     Dallas Cowboys   26   DE     6-3   251
  Jadeveon Clowney     Houston Texans   25   OLB     6-5   267
  Trey Flowers     New England Patriots   25   DE     6-2   265
  Earl Thomas     Seattle Seahawks   29   S     5-10   202
  Dee Ford     Kansas City Chiefs   27   OLB     6-2   243
  Frank Clark     Seattle Seahawks   25   DE     6-3   265
  C.J. Mosley     Baltimore Ravens   26   LB     6-2   241
  K.J. Wright     Seattle Seahawks   29   LB     6-4   246
  Ezekiel Ansah     Detroit Lions   29   DE     6-6   270
  Landon Collins     New York Giants   25   S     6-0   218

 

NFL Draft
April 25 – April 27, 2019

Nashville, Tennessee will host this years 2019 NFL draft. The 49ers currently only hold the rights to five draft selections this year, so there’s been some speculation that they would like to trade down for more picks. Here’s a list of the 49ers draft selections as of now…

  • Round 1: 2nd overall
  • Round 2: 4th, 36 overall
  • Round 3: 3rd, 67 overall
  • Round 4: 2nd, 98 overall
  • Round 5: None, Traded to Detroit for Laken Tomlinson
  • Round 6: 3rd, 163 overall
  • Round 7: TBD

 

The following is a list of the top ranked prospects compiled by CBS Sports.

RK PLAYER SCHOOL YEAR POS POS RK HT WT
 1    Nick Bosa     Ohio State    Junior   DE     1   6-4   263
 2    Quinnen Williams     Alabama    Soph   DT     1   6-4   289
 3    Josh Allen     Kentucky    Senior   OLB     1   6-5   260
 4    Ed Oliver     Houston    Junior   DT     2   6-3   292
 5    Greedy Williams     LSU    Soph   CB     1   6-3   182
 6    Devin White     LSU    Junior   ILB     1   6-1   240
 7    Jonah Williams     Alabama    Junior   OT     1   6-5   301
 8    Jeffery Simmons     Miss. State    Junior   DT     3   6-4   300
 9    Clelin Ferrell     Clemson    Junior   DE     2   6-4   265
10    Jachai Polite     Florida    Junior   DE     3   6-2   242

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