Myles Jack is finishing off a busy week of pre-draft meetings with a visit to the San Francisco 49ers.
The former UCLA linebacker will be among the prospects visiting San Francisco this weekend, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley jersey and four cornerbacks — Ohio State’s Eli Apple, Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander, Maryland’s Sean Davis and Minnesota’s Eric Murray — are among the 49ers’ other visitors this weekend, according to Rapoport.
Jack visited the Ravens, Jaguars and Falcons earlier this week.
The 49ers hold the No. 7 overall pick, and Jack figures to be tough to pass on if he’s available when they’re on the clock. All four NFL Media analysts that have posted top-50 rankings place Jack among the top three prospects in the draft. He goes as high as No. 4 overall to the Cowboys jerseys and as low as No. 10 to the Giants in NFL Media mock drafts.
Jack suffered a season-ending right knee injury during practice in September and underwent surgery on the knee. He received medical clearance from UCLA’s surgeon in early March and participated in UCLA’s pro day on March 15, where he posted an impressive 40-inch vertical, even though he said he was only at 80 percent for the workout. However, he’s unlikely to run a 40-yard dash for NFL teams before the April 28-30 draft. Jack’s knee will be examined next week at the league’s annual medical recheck in Indianapolis.
Stanley, Apple and Alexander are considered among the top prospects at their respective positions. Stanley is considered a likely top-10 pick.
Alexander will visit the Rams on Monday, per Rapoport.
The Rams hold pick No. 15 in Round 1.
Alexander strengthened his case to go in the first round with a strong pro-day showing last month. The Rams’ first-round pick is in the range of the highest point in which NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Alexander could be selected.
Brooks views the early second round as Alexander’s draft floor. If he’s still available, Alexander would be a nice value pick for the 49ers (pick No. 37) or Rams (pick Nos. 43 and 45) in Round 2.
Kenneth Acker, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft by the 49ers, was dealt from San Francisco to Kansas City on Saturday, according to the Chiefs. Acker, who had a healthy 2015 with 13 starts and three interceptions, will provide quality depth for Bob Sutton’s defense in Kansas City.
Neither team disclosed the pick San Francisco will receive, though it’s safe to guess that it was likely a late-rounder with some sort of conditional tie-in. The Houston Chronicle, which first reported the story, noted as much.
After an offseason that saw Sutton lose both Husain Abdullah and Sean Smith (and watched as Eric Berry held out of camp), the need for starting-caliber bodies rose. Instead of waiting for Tuesday’s first roster cut downs to find an option, the team took matters into their own hands. San Francisco wanted to get something instead of just stashing Acker on the bench. They will likely roll with Tramaine Brock and Jimmie Ward at the cornerback spots this year and groom third and fourth-round picks Rashard Robinson and Will Redmond.
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San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly is not going back to Blaine Gabbert, and seems to think that Colin Kaepernick’s first start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills jerseys was a foundation for the future.
“I think there are some things he did on Sunday that you can build upon. You know, for his first extended playing time since last year,” Kelly told reporters Monday. “Thought there were some real positives there that we can continue to try to build with him and get him going and gives us the best chance to get cheap NFL jerseys in the next couple days.”
He added: “I see a different Colin out there than I did seven weeks ago, when we were in camp trying to make a final decision on where we were going to be from a quarterback standpoint. So I see a little bit of difference. I think he’s up closer to 220 now — not that the weight is a number that has to be a certain thing that he has to get to. But I think he’s gotten stronger and he’s gotten a little bit faster since we last had this conversation.”
For those still interested in rolling their eyes about cheap jerseys and the timing of Kaepernick’s contract and his first start Sunday, go ahead and take a minute before we move on.
The move makes the most sense for Kelly at the moment. There was no sense in going back to Kaepernick if he wasn’t at least planning on giving him as thorough an opportunity as Gabbert got at the beginning of the season. Gabbert averaged a 58 percent completion rate, a 69.6 quarterback rating and a touchdown pass per game over his first five starts for the 49ers.
Kaepernick went 13 of 29 for 187 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against the Bills. His completion percentage was 44.83 and his passer rating was 77.8.
Kaepernick obviously represents the 49ers’ best chance to finish this season with some semblance of a franchise quarterback even if the relationship between QB and team seems lukewarm at best. Unless the plan was to allow Kelly one year of soft tanking in order to get the quarterback of his choice in the draft, the one-time Super Bowl contending QB deserves a chance to play out the string — or at least the next few weeks.