The San Francisco 49ers added speed and potential to their defensive backfield and talented size and depth to both sides of their line Saturday in the NFL draft. The Niners selected talented but troubled LSU cornerback Rashard Robinson with their first pick of the day in the fourth round. Robinson was one of three cornerbacks selected among San Francisco’s 11 picks. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers are likely to land a quarterback on the final day of the NFL draft. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The San Francisco 49ers were willing to take a chance on a cornerback they believe will boost their young secondary once he’s healthy. San Francisco selected Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond with its third-round pick at 68th overall in the NFL draft Friday night. Redmond tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice last October but 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was willing to take the chance on him. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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John Elway calmed the nerves of Denver Broncos fans wondering who would be quarterbacking the team on Thursday night, trading up in the first round to draft Memphis’ Paxton Lynch . After watching Peyton Manning ride off into the sunset after the team’s win in Super Bowl 50 and Brock Osweiler hop on the nearest Brinks truck bound for Houston, the Broncos’ roster was bare at the quarterback position, and a trade for Mark Sanchez wasn’t doing much to allay fears. So Denver discussed acquiring Colin Kaepernick from San Francisco, and reportedly had the parameters of a trade in place, but it stalled when Kaepernick refused to take a $5 million pay cut from his 2016 base salary of $11.9 million, which became guaranteed earlier this month. The Broncos also met with free agent Brian Hoyer, and after Sam Bradford went all first-grader and whined about wanting to go somewhere else after the Philadelphia Eagles traded for the No. 2 pick to take a  younger, cheaper and presumably better-than-mediocre quarterback, Denver reportedly had talks about acquiring him too . But now that they have Lynch, pursuit of any of those veterans has ended , Elway told reporters in Denver on Thursday night. So what happens now for Kaepernick and Bradford? In the short term, both appear stuck with their current teams, but San Francisco and Philadelphia are in different situations. The 49ers have a need for Kaepernick. They have Blaine Gabbert on the roster, and Gabbert started the final eight games of the season last year after Kaepernick was benched. But it wasn’t so long ago that Kaepernick was quarterbacking the Niners to the Super Bowl and NFC championship game in back-to-back years, and his athleticism would seem to fit well in head coach Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense. And San Francisco was so proud after signing Kaepernick to such a team-friendly deal less than two years ago. Though he is rehabbing after undergoing multiple offseason surgeries, Kaepernick has been with the 49ers for their offseason program (he has a $400,000 bonus for taking part). Bradford’s situation is a bit different. He was signed to a two-year, $36 million extension in March that included $22 million guaranteed. But then the Eagles also signed Chase Daniel to a three-year, $21 million deal – and then they traded up, drafting Carson Wentz on Thursday night. Might the New York Jets be interested in either player? Ryan Fitzpatrick is reportedly telling people in his life he’d rather retire than take the contract the Jets have offered him, which is in the range of $7 million to $8 million a year. Perhaps the Browns might try to get one of the quarterbacks? They have signed Robert Griffin III, but he’s working to rebuild his career like Kaepernick is, so maybe a little competition would help both. Again, acquiring either Kaepernick or Bradford comes with a cost, both financial and, presumably, in draft picks, but as we’ve seen over and over in the NFL in recent years, a team isn’t going to go far without a quarterback. Podcast: Breaking down the wildest NFL draft day in history: Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed   View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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As DeForest Buckner waited for his name to be called, he hoped for this very scenario: An Oregon reunion in Northern California. Chip Kelly’s first draft pick as San Francisco 49ers coach is a familiar face from his days in charge at Oregon, with Buckner ready to join his old coach to help a formerly vaunted defense return to NFL elite status. San Francisco selected the Ducks defensive end with the No. 7 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, then traded with Kansas City to get a second first-rounder and fill a big need on the offensive line by selecting Stanford guard Joshua Barnett with the 28th pick. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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April 27 (Reuters) – Following is the order of selections for the first round of the National Football League draft to be held in Chicago on Thursday: 1 Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee) 2 Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) 3 San Diego Chargers 4 Dallas Cowboys 5 Jacksonville Jaguars 6 Baltimore Ravens 7 San Francisco 49ers 8 Cleveland Browns (from Philadephia through Miami) 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 New York Giants 11 Chicago Bears 12 New Orleans Saints 13 Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia) 14 Oakland Raiders 15 Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles) 16 Detroit Lions 17 Atlanta Falcons 18 … View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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(Reuters) – Following is the order of selections for the first round of the National Football League draft to be held in Chicago on Thursday: 1 Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee) 2 Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) 3 San Diego Chargers 4 Dallas Cowboys 5 Jacksonville Jaguars 6 Baltimore Ravens 7 San Francisco 49ers 8 Cleveland Browns (from Philadephia through Miami) 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 New York Giants 11 Chicago Bears 12 New Orleans Saints 13 Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia) 14 Oakland Raiders 15 Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles) 16 Detroit Lions 17 Atlanta Falcons 18 Indianapolis … View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft is still a few days away, and yet already the top 10 picks have been turned somewhat upside down. Expect more chaos Thursday. Trades involving the first two picks in the draft have ensured that quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will go first and second overall, and that has caused some uncertainty thereafter. Consider the plight of Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, once the prohibitive favorite to go first overall who now is no guarantee to land in the first five picks. [ Follow Yahoo Sports draft expert Eric Edholm on Facebook and Twitter ] Expect more trade activity while teams are on the clock, and a lot more than last year’s tame first round. There were only two trades involving the first 32 picks in 2015, and there was only one upset — Brandon Scherff over Leonard Williams — in the top 10 picks. With that in mind, there are five teams that could help significantly shape the first round. What they do with their picks could have a domino effect on the rest of Thursday’s action. Dallas Cowboys (No. 4 overall pick) There is believed to be an off-the-clock debate at Valley Ranch happening with the fourth pick. How does the board lie after the San Diego Chargers make their pick at No. 3? If the Chargers take a tackle, either Tunsil or Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley, it could plop Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey right in the Cowboys’ laps. That might represent an ideal scenario. If Ramsey goes third, the Cowboys might have a choice between Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, his teammate (and former roommate) Joey Bosa or an unknown third option. Elliott is believed to be team owner Jerry Jones’ preference. Bosa, whom the Cowboys scouts like and believe will be a very good pro for a long time, also fills a need at defensive end, where the team’s top two rushers will be suspended the first four games next season. Will Jones be talked out of Elliott the way he was out of taking Johnny Manziel two years ago? That pick netted Zack Martin, an All Pro-caliber guard, which would lend credence to the Cowboys sticking with the board and trusting the scouting process. But with Jones, anything is possible. Could they trade down? The action with the pick appears tepid as things stand now. This spot is difficult to forecast. San Francisco 49ers (No. 7) They’re out on Goff and Wentz, and they appear to be quite cool on Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. But quarterback remains an option at some point high in the draft, as head coach Chip Kelly likely has some strong ideas of which one might be the best option in his system. There’s also the matter of Colin Kaepernick’s unsteady future with the team cloaking the whole operation. They could stand pat and take Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, whom Kelly and 49ers DL coach Jerry Azzinaro had in Eugene. Buckner and Azzinaro are especially close, texting and talking on a regular basis, and it would fill a need. Two Ducks defensive ends in Round 1 two straight years? Who cares? Buckner is a favorite of the Shutdown Corner, so we’d endorse that. General manager Trent Baalke has 12 picks, but nine of them are in Round 4 and lower. There’s a vibe that they’re open for business moving — up, down, or into the 2017 draft if that presents itself. They’re going to make some noise, and it starts at No. 7. Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed Cleveland Browns (No. 8) Already the new front office has earned respect for understanding “the value of draft picks” to building a team, one league decision maker told Shutdown Corner. But how is that different from the old Browns regime(s)? The Browns amassed seven first-round picks in the past four drafts and 10 in the first three rounds the past two years. As it stands, this is one of the leanest rosters in the NFL. Sashi Brown, Paul DePodesta and Co. know they must use their picks — 12 in all this weekend — more wisely. They like Lynch, but No. 8 might be too rich. Another trade down? Hey, why not? That eighth pick has been a hot potato so far, held by three teams already, so a fourth would not be a surprise. It depends on who is available, and the Browns could opt to stay put and secure a free-falling top prospect, such as Buckner, if one is available. Chicago Bears (No. 11) The pick is valuable real estate because the salary structure in the collective-bargaining agreement slots a much lower figure — up to $4 million less over the length of the deal — for the 10th overall pick vs. the 11th. Plus, the Bears are almost certain to get one of their 10 highest-rated players at that spot, figuring that one team above them will pick someone they are far less interested in. Everyone is pegging the Bears for defense here after they used three of their first four selections on offense a year ago, and with the 3-4 scheme still needing reinforcements with a few ill-fitting parts up front. Georgia’s Leonard Floyd has been connected to them often. But don’t put it past Bears GM Ryan Pace to switch gears and tab a falling offensive star — say Elliott, Tunsil or Stanley, if any of them should be available. That would be great value there. Bears RB coach Stan Drayton coached Elliott at Ohio State, and Jon Fox drafted Jonathan Stewart in this range years ago. It makes sense after Matt Forte held down the fort for years, even with Jeremy Langford showing promise. The Bears haven’t been connected to a lot of trade talk, but a deal certainly could materialize on the clock in the next few days. Tennessee Titans (No. 15) The bold move down from 1 to 15 has netted first-year GM Jon Robinson a trove of picks. They now own six of the first 76 selections this year, plus the 2017 choices they received from the Los Angeles Rams. But they might not keep all of them. A trade back into the top 10 is entirely possible, and they very much have the ammo with which to make that happen for the right player. Assuming they were high on Tunsil at 1, could they try to get him again if he slides past the Jacksonville Jaguars at 5? What a fun scenario and a double victory that would be, taking the player they might have been stuck with had the Rams not come calling. The same might apply to Stanley, whom the Titans sent Robinson, head coach Mike Mularkey and OL coach Russ Grimm to watch at his pro day. Other needs that could be addressed in the top 10: cornerback or defensive line. Or the Titans could stay at 15. They might have a shot at the third-best tackle on their board (Jack Conklin?), or try to address wide receiver (none might be off the board yet) or just the highest-rated player on their board. It’s not as if talent isn’t their biggest need; everywhere but quarterback is a concern on some level. Robinson also currently sits one spot ahead of former New England Patriots coworker Bob Quinn, who is now the GM of the Detroit Lions, at pick No. 16. Having cut their teeth together over the past 15 years in the same scouting system, it might stand to reason that they’re seeking the same types of players, so Robinson has a tiny leg up there, too. New York Jets (No. 20) They’re lurking for now, and they have no quarterback. Correction: They have Geno Smith and Bryce Petty under contract. Take from that what you will. Everyone assumed they’ll re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it’s hardly a mortal lock — and there’s the allure of Lynch that could tempt them. Can they get him at No. 20? Will they have to trade up? Or is their interest in Lynch overblown? All fascinating, no matter what happens. If they want to move up, the Jets could offer something that few teams have as a pot sweetener: an All Pro defensive lineman. Muhammad Wilkerson remains at loggerheads with the team over a new deal, and they could try to package him and a pick (or picks) to move up if they choose. The issue: The Jets have a mere six picks in this draft, two of which are in the seventh round. Outside of a quarterback, they could use a little fortifying on all three levels of the defense (especially at pass rusher), and the offensive line — even with the trade for Ryan Clady — needs help. – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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You like him, you really like him! (Well, some people do. Based on tweets and internet comments we’ve seen, a lot of people aren’t so fond of him.) At any rate, when the NFL Players’ Assocaition released the top 50 player sales list on Monday morning, ranking sales of merchandise for the 2015-2016 season ( March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016 ), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was atop the chart. According to a release from the NFLPA, the rankings include player-identified products sold by over 80 companies licensed by the union, through online and traditional retailers. Sales of NFL player merchandise topped $1.5 billion last year. Predictably, quarterbacks dominate the top of the list, as the top four are all players at the position: after Brady is recently-retired Denver Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning, the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. Receiver Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys was the first non-QB on the list, at No. 5. Regining league MVP Cam Newton is on the list at seven; the NFLPA said sales of Newton’s Auburn No. 1 merchandise was tops in collegiate co-branded items. Brady’s No. 10 from his days at Michigan. Here’s the full list of the top 50: 1.      Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots 2.      Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos 3.      Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks 4.      Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers 5.      Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys 6.      Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants 7.      Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers 8.      Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots 9.      J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans 10.     Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys 11.     Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers 12.     Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys 13.     Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers 14.     Richard Sherman, DB, Seattle Seahawks 15.     Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks 16.     Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans 17.     Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers 18.     Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers 19.     Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts 20.     Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints 21.     DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles 22.     Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks 23.     Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots 24.     Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos 25.     Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings 26.     Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals 27.     Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers 28.     Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions 29.     Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders 30.     Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31.     Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders 32.     Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers 33.     Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers 34.     Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins 35.     Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants 36.     A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals 37.     Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos 38.     Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears 39.     Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers 40.     Kam Chancellor, SS, Seattle Seahawks 41.     Joe Haden, DB, Cleveland Browns 42.     Khalil Mack, LB, Oakland Raiders 43.     Jarryd Hayne, RB, San Francisco 49ers 44.     Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs 45.     Darrelle Revis, DB, New York Jets 46.     Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers 47.     Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills 48.     Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers 49.     LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills 50.     Earl Thomas, DB, Seattle Seahawks View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. 13. Cal QB Jared Goff 6-foot-4, 215 pounds Key stat : Owns more than 20 school records, including career passing yards (12,200) and TD passes (96), but has 24 career fumbles and starting record of 14-23. [ Follow Yahoo Sports draft expert Eric Edholm on Facebook and Twitter ] The skinny : The son of former MLB catcher Jerry Goff and a former college baseball prospect who picked football as his sport. Jared enrolled early at Cal and became first true freshman in school history to start his first game at quarterback. The Bears struggled through a 1-11 season in Sonny Dykes’ first year there after the firing of Jeff Tedford, who recruited Goff. He drew praise for a good statistical freshman season while taking a beating behind a new offensive line and an offense that changed schemes completely from Tedford’s pro-style system to Dykes’ “Air Raid.” A two-time captain, Goff put up huge passing totals the next three seasons and threw only 30 INTs in 1,569 attempts. Five of those picks came in a highly anticipated matchup with nationally ranked Utah, owners of one of the best defenses in the country in 2015, but Goff still had his team in a position to win before his final INT. He finished his career strong, and went on to the NFL scouting combine and impressed further. There, he worked well on the field, tested well athletically and turned in consistently strong team interviews. Goff won’t turn 22 until Week 6 this season. Best-suited destination: Although some NFL evaluators believe Goff could develop into a proper pocket passer, his upbringing the past three seasons in a spread, shotgun-based, up-tempo offense likely means that he’d adapt quicker in a scheme with similar elements. There are traces of the spread in almost every NFL playbook, but some teams use it more than others — and new teams adding more dimensions, such as with Chip Kelly migrating from Philadelphia to the San Francisco 49ers. Goff also has experience punting, so a progressive/field-position-conscious team could use him in this way. Hey, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are two of the better pooch-punting QBs in the league, so it’s not a knock. Ideally, Goff would be best behind an established offensive line playing for a warm-weather team, but you can say that about most quarterbacks. His success rate has not been as strong and his experience limited in poor elements, and Goff took a beating behind a lot of “scat” protections in college with a gimmicky scheme that featured a lot of run-pass option plays and little shelter from the pass-rush storm against strong defensive fronts. Reason he’ll rise in draft : Well, he’s in play for the No. 1 pick in the draft — can’t go much higher than that, after all — if the Los Angeles Rams, as some believe, are leaning his way. At this point, the scouting work has been done. It basically comes down to the Rams making a call on their guy. He showed toughness at Cal adjusting to a program that was at rock bottom, and he handled adversity well. Goff might be better suited to help pick up a team that’s needing a system reboot. Reason he’ll fall in draft : Suppose the Rams instead select Carson Wentz first; the Cleveland Browns at No. 2 could opt to pass on Goff and take a position player. There’s little to zero chance under any circumstances now that Goff will fall out of the top 10, and there’s a strong chance he’ll be taken first or second. But his lack of size and pro-style experience, fumbling issues (especially early in his career), pocket presence to sniff out pressure and good but not elite arm talent are factors that could work against him when splitting hairs vs. Wentz. Scouting hot take : “He’d be my choice. Our system would be friendly to him. Shotgun, tempo, half-field reads, get the ball out quick — that’s what he does best. I have not studied him extensively, but we looked at him and what I have seen, that’s where he [excels].” — AFC quarterbacks coach Player comp : Andy Dalton, who gets a bad rap but who has developed nicely the past few years Expected draft range : Top 10 pick, and likely top two Previous profiles 50. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller 49. Indiana OT Jason Spriggs 48. Florida DL Jonathan Bullard 47. Texas Tech OT Le’Raven Clark 46. Arkansas TE Hunter Henry 45. Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard 44. Michigan State QB Connor Cook 43. West Virginia S Karl Joseph 42. Michigan State DE-OLB Shilique Calhoun 41. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller 40. Pitt WR Tyler Boyd 39. Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah 38. Alabama DE-DT A’Shawn Robinson 37. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott 36. Memphis QB Paxton Lynch 35. Alabama C Ryan Kelly 34. Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler 33. Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche 32. Georgia DE-OLB Leonard Floyd 31. USC S-LB Su’a Cravens 30. Alabama LB Reggie Ragland 29. Mississippi State DT-DE Chris Jones 28. Baylor NT Andrew Billings 27. Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith 26. Houston CB William Jackson III 25. Alabama RB Derrick Henry 24. Ohio State CB Eli Apple 23. Eastern Kentucky DE-OLB Noah Spence 22. Baylor WR Corey Coleman 21. Ohio State OT Taylor Decker 20. Kansas State OG Cody Whitehair 19. Michigan State OT Jack Conklin 18. Alabama DE-DT Jarran Reed 17. TCU WR Josh Doctson 16. Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander 15. Ohio State LB Darron Lee 14. Clemson DE Kevin Dodd More on NFL prospects PODCAST: NFL Draft Preview Week 5: Big Trade, Big Uglies: Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm     View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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