49ers begin QB visit tour at Trubisky's pro day

49ers begin QB visit tour at Trubisky's pro day

The 49ers will spend the next three days taking an up-close look at three quarterbacks who are candidates to be chosen with the team’s top pick in next month’s NFL draft.

General manager John Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew and 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello watched North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s pro day on Tuesday.

Trubisky told reporters afterward that he also has private workouts scheduled with the 49ers, Cleveland, Kansas City, the New York Jets and other teams.

The 49ers and another team will share a personal workout on Wednesday with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, Lynch said on KNBR last week. The team’s contingent is scheduled to attend Notre Dame’s pro day on Thursday to watch quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Lynch opted to watch Kizer instead of attending the pro days of Ohio State and Stanford, which are scheduled for the same day.

“We met (at the combine) with all of the kids we’re going to see,” Lynch said on KNBR. “But now we get to go see them in action.

“We’re going to go see them, get to know them. The film kind of speaks for itself, but there’s always great value to seeing someone in person. Maybe you catch something you didn’t on film. You just get to know the young men, and get to know what they’re all about, what drives them. You get to learn about their families. And it’s all part of the equation.”

Trubisky, Watson and Kizer are each expected to be drafted in the first round. Quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech and Davis Webb of Cal are also likely to be drafted within the first two rounds.

The 49ers own the No. 2 overall pick. Free-agent additions Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only quarterbacks on the 49ers’ roster. The 49ers’ next scheduled pick is in the second round, No. 34 overall.

49ers free agent running back agrees to deal with Giants

49ers free agent running back agrees to deal with Giants

Shaun Draughn, who served as the 49ers’ backup running back for the past two seasons, is heading to the New York Giants, according to his agent.

The Giants will add Draughn, who becomes the first 49ers player who ended the season and was not released to find a new home.

Draughn, 29, appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He carried 74 times for 196 yards (2.6 average) with a career-high four touchdowns.

Draughn originally signed wth the 49ers in November of 2015. He appeared in six games at the end of the season after Carlos Hyde was sidelined with a foot injury. He carried 76 times for 263 yards and one touchdown.

49ers family pledges support for Dwight Clark in battle with ALS

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49ers family pledges support for Dwight Clark in battle with ALS

Dwight Clark’s public announcement of his diagnosis of ALS came as no surprise to many of his former 49ers teammates and friends.

Clark’s battle with the degenerative disease has been suspected as far back as when former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

On Sunday, Clark released an open letter to confirm he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“Dwight has been an integral part of my family’s life for almost four decades,” DeBartolo wrote in a statement. “We are absolutely devastated. We vow to do everything in our power to support Dwight and (wife) Kelly and help them fight this horrible disease.”

Clark has shown support for ALS charities for several months, as former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason wages his battle. Gleason’s eyes are the only body parts he is capable of moving on his own.

In November, the NFL announced it teamed up with Steve Gleason to fight ALS. A marketing campaign was created, "Game-Changing Moment," which featured a series of commercials. Clark’s “The Catch” was featured. The message: "The NFL has had 1,000's of game-changers. ALS needs 1."

Two months earlier, Clark was among the former and current NFL players who donated memorabilia for a Gleason-supported auction to raise funds for Answer ALS, a nonprofit organization for research toward a cure.

Clark has lost strength in both hands -- making opening a pack of sugar or buttoning his shirt impossible, he said. He can no longer run, play golf or walk for an extended period.

“There is nothing tougher than watching a great friend go through a serious health challenge,” former 49ers teammate Brent Jones said in a statement. “Dwight is handling this adversity with uncommon strength and the heart of a courageous champion, and our family’s thoughts and prayers are constantly with Dwight and Kelly.

“I know that they are fully aware that we will continue to walk alongside them, and do anything and everything possible to help them through this tough time.”

Many of Clark’s teammates expressed support and a commitment to do anything possible to assist him in the difficult times ahead.

“Dwight is like a brother to me,” Roger Craig said. “This news crushed me. I’ve vowed to him to be here for whatever he needs from me. Whenever or wherever. He deserves all our heartfelt support.”

“To live with another of my best friends struggling with a disease like ALS is devastating,” Ronnie Lott said.

Eric Scoggins, a member of USC’s 1978 national championship team and friend of Lott, died from ALS in January 2009.

“I’m asking all of us to not only send their prayers but I’m asking you to do whatever you can to fight this disease,” Lott said. “Dwight will be a champion, which he has been able to show since I met him, since the first time he’s hugged me and to this day moving forward.”

Said former 49ers linebacker Keena Turner, “We are here for Dwight. We are teammates for life and we will not allow him to go through this challenge alone. I am proud of the courageous way he is approaching this challenge. I will be here for him and with him.”

Clark, who turned 60 in January, played nine season for the 49ers from 1979 to ’87. The 49ers retired his jersey No. 87 in 1988.

“D.C. has done so much for me as a player and friend,” Jerry Rice said in a statement. “My rookie year he showed me how to run that out route! We know him for the catch but he’s a great individual who cares about people. Please pray for him Faithful through this adversity!!! I love the guy!!!!”

Said Joe Montana, “Jennifer and I are saddened by the diagnosis of Dwight. This is a difficult time for Dwight, Kelly and all of us who love him. He is family, and in our continual thoughts and prayers. We hope the public will be cognizant of Dwight’s desire for privacy.”

Clark is responsible for the most iconic play in 49ers history – his leaping 6-yard touchdown catch of a Joe Montana pass in the NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys in January 1982. “The Catch” sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl title.

“Dwight Clark is one of those guys that lights up the room – always smiling and making you feel great,” Harris Barton said. “When I heard the news, I like others in the 49er family, was devastated. D.C. changed the course of the 49ers with ‘The Catch.’ Don’t be surprised if he changes the course of this disease as well.”