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.

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly flew to Seattle on Tuesday night and will meet with Seahawks officials on Wednesday.

Kaepernick and Austin Davis, who spent the past three seasons as a reserve quarterback with the Rams, Browns and Broncos, will visit with the Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. It will be Kaepernick’s first visit to meet with a team since opting out of his 49ers contract in March to become an unrestricted free agent.

Kaepernick, 29, has likely not been signed for a variety of reasons, including his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality in America. His representatives have said Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem this season, as he continues to donate his time and money on programs to assist disadvantaged individuals.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick, opting to add veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

Kaepernick, a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2011, played six seasons with the club. Beginning in the middle of the 2012 season, when then-starter Alex Smith originally left the lineup due to a concussion, Kaepernick started 58 games. The 49ers were 28-30 in games in which he started.

In the playoffs, the 49ers posted a 4-2 record with Kaepernick at quarterback, including a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

Kaepernick is coming off his best season since 2013, his first full year as a starter. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 90.7. He also rushed for 468 yards.

The Seahawks have three quarterbacks under contract. Russell Wilson is the starter and second-year player Trevone Boykin served as the backup last season. Jake Heaps, whom the Seahawks cut before the start of the 2016 regular season and spent less than a month on the practice squad, was re-signed in May.