Stanford, Cal playmakers top NFL Scouting Combine list

Stanford, Cal playmakers top NFL Scouting Combine list

Stanford and Cal will both be represented with some marquee playmakers during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in two weeks.

The first group of draft hopefuls arrive in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 28, with the final players working out and departing on March 6.

Stanford will be represented by four players: running back Christian McCaffrey, wide receiver Michael Rector, defensive end Solomon Thomas and kicker Conrad Ukropina.

Cal will send three athletes to the combine: quarterback Davis Webb, wide receiver Chad Hansen and long snapper Bradley Northnagel.

McCaffrey (6 foot, 197 pounds) entered his junior season as a top Heisman Trophy candidate after rushing for 2,019 yards and catching 645 yards in passes as a sophomore. He was also a dynamic playmaker in the return game.

McCaffrey appeared in just 11 games last season. He rushed for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns with a 6.3-yard average. He skipped the Cardinal’s final game of the season, a victory over North Carolina in the Sun Bowl, to ensure he would be healthy to begin his NFL draft. He is the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.

Webb (6-5, 229) started 12 games at Cal after playing his first three college seasons at Texas Tech. Webb completed 61.6 percent of his passes with 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 games.

Webb’s top target was Hansen, who turned pro after his junior season. Hansen (6-2, 205) Michaecaught 92 passes in 10 games for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Stanford’s Rector (6-0, 187) was a four-year player who caught 32 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, he posted career-bests with 34 receptions for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.

Thomas (6-3, 273) is a likely first-round draft pick. He recorded 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in 12 games as a junior before declaring his eligibility for the NFL draft.

Ukropina made 82.4 percent of his field-goal attempts (42 of 51) in his Stanford career. He also connected on 113 of 114 extra-point attempts.

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 27-29.

Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR


Shanahan: Carradine could be heading to IR

Defensive lineman Tank Carradine will miss an extended period of time with a high ankle sprain sustained in the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ 41-39 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday the team was awaiting the results of an MRI examination. The 49ers could decide to place Carradine on injured reserve, which would make him eligible to return to action later in the season.

“We’re going to have to get that and really decide whether IR or not,” Shanahan said. “Because any time you have a high ankle sprain it’s going to be a while. We’re not exactly sure how long that’s going to be, but we’ll have to decide that probably Monday.”

The 49ers expect to be without the services of linebacker Reuben Foster and safety Eric Reid, too.

Also, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Brock Coyle are in the concussion protocol after sustaining head injuries on Thursday.

Although the 49ers’ medical staff no longer requires Foster to wear an orthopedic boot for his high ankle sprain, Shanahan said he would be shocked if the rookie is able to return to action Oct. 1 against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’d be shocked if he came back this week,” Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised. We’re taking it week to week. I’m not really expecting him this week but You never know with some of these athletes. He might be there, but I’m not expecting it right now.”

Reid’s rehab is behind Foster’s, according to Shanahan. Reid sustained a left knee injury Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss multiple games.

Speaking at his day-after-game press conference, Shanahan said he was disappointed that the 49ers’ pass rush did not apply more pressure to Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

“We didn’t affect the quarterback enough,” Shanahan said. “I thought we did a very good job against Seattle and we took a step back on that last night.”

When asked what he saw on the critical late-fourth-quarter play on which rookie receiver Trent Taylor was called for pass interference, Shanahan said, “I saw a very good route. “


Controversial pass-interference call derails 49ers comeback

Controversial pass-interference call derails 49ers comeback

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers had momentum and field position on their side when Trent Taylor made a sprawling catch at the Los Angeles Rams' 39-yard line.

The 49ers, down by two points, were nearing field-goal range on the first play after the two-minute warning. But the momentum was quickly halted.

Taylor was called for offensive pass interference as he broke to the outside against the coverage of Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. TV replays were inconclusive whether Taylor extended his right arm to push off.

“I ran the route the way it was called, the way that I always run it,” Taylor told NBC Sports Bay Area afer the game. “Felt good about it, and it was a great play call. But the ref’s decision on that, that’s nothing I can comment on. So I’ll just leave it as it is.”

The penalty set back the 49ers 10 yards. Brian Hoyer’s third-and-20 pass was incomplete, and he was sacked on fourth down to end any hope of a 49ers comeback victory.

“In that time of the game I would think you would let people play,” said Hoyer, prefacing his remarks with his intention to not say anything would warrant a fine.

“But I haven’t seen it. I have to go and watch the film. You know what, you don’t want to leave it up to the refs anyways. You hope you make a few plays earlier in the game to change the outcome. If it comes down to that, then that’s what it is. That’s what the guys job is to do.”

Taylor caught three passes for 32 yards, including his first NFL touchdown. He was also involved in another key play just moments earlier as the 49ers sought to tie the game. Hoyer’s two-point conversion pass attempt was tipped by Los Angeles cornerback Troy Hill and intercepted by defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Taylor was the third option on the play. Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin were both well-covered on their inside-breaking routes. Taylor initially had separation against Hill, but that was a problem for the 49ers. The route called for Taylor to cut it back inside. Hoyer and Taylor teamed up for a touchdown on the exact same route on the other side earlier in the game against Hill.

“They got lucky and guessed the play,” Taylor said. “They were on it, so there was nothing we could do about it.”