Stanford's Owusu showcases speed at combine

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Stanford's Owusu showcases speed at combine

INDIANAPOLIS -- Stanford's Chris Owusu is just fine.And his time in the 40-yard dash Sunday at the NFL scouting combine seemed to prove it.Owusu's senior season ended prematurely when he sustained his third concussion in a little more than a year. He left the field in an ambulance in November after taking a huge hit from Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer.Owusu was cleared to return to football in advance of the NFL scouting combine. Owusu's agent, Steve Caric, said Owusu has been symptom-free since the day after the hit.Owusu on Sunday clocked the second-fastest time at the NFL scouting combine with a blazing unofficial time of 4.31 seconds. Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, from the morning session, led the way at 4.30 seconds.MAIOCCO: Georgia Tech WR Hill provides peak performance
The 49ers are likely to add a wide receiver at some point in the draft next month, and there are plenty of options from which to select. The 49ers could target Owusu in the mid-rounds. Owusu played three seasons at Stanford under coach Jim Harbaugh.The 49ers own the No. 30 overall pick, and they'll have some options if they decide to add to their receiving corps at the end of the first round.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said last week that Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), Kendall Wright (Baylor), Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) and Rueben Randle (LSU) should be taken in the first round.Mayock is not high on Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) or Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers). Jeffery and Sanu lack the speed to gain separation from NFL cornerbacks, Mayock said. Jeffery did not run, while Sanu supported Mayock's assertion with a time of 4.65.Top unofficial 40 times for receivers
1. Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, 4.30
2. Chris Owusu, Stanford, 4.31
3. Travis Benjamin, Miami, 4:32
4. Tommy Streeter, Miami (Fla.), 4.34
5 (tie). T.J. Graham, North Carolina State, 4.35
5 (tie). Kashif Moore, Connecticut, 4.35
7 (tie). Chris Givens, Wake Forest, 4.37
7 (tie), A.J. Jenkins, Illinois, 4.37
7 (tie). Devier Posey, Ohio State, 4.37
7 (tie). Devon Wylie, Fresno State, 4.37
11 (tie). Danny Coale, Virginia Tech, 4.40
11 (tie). Keshawn Martin, Michigan State, 4.40
13. Jarius Wright, Arkansas, 4.41
14 (tie). Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, 4.42
14 (tie). Marvin McNutt, Iowa, 4.42
Other notables
Kendall Wright, Baylor, 4.45
Marvin Jones, Cal, 4.47
Rishard Matthews, Nevada, 4.47
Rueben Randle, LSU, 4.50
Nick Toon, Wisconsin, 4.53
Juron Criner, Arizona, 4.59
James Rodgers, Oregon State, 4.63
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers, 4.65
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, did not run
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, did not run

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
 
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”