San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are scheduled to meet with the media on Tuesday afternoon at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. As the week goes on, we’ll start to see who the team has met with, as well as possible rumors connected to the NFL Draft and free agency. With the player availability early Tuesday morning, some of the 49ers beat writers were able to catch up with a few players that San Francisco has met with
The Athletic’s Matt Barrows met with LSU’s Justin Jefferson, who said he had an informal meeting with the 49ers. Jefferson came in at just over 6-foot-1, weighing 202 pounds, and had a 78” wingspan. His current combine prop in the 40-yard dash is set at 4.51. Vegas expects Jefferson to run slower, as the over is listed at -400—meaning you’d have to bet $400 to win $100—while the under is listed at +200, meaning if you bet $100, you would win $200. You can see that when you watch Jefferson. He’s quick and sudden, but not “fast.” He finds ways to get open and can make plays happen when the ball is in his hands. He’s not as strong as him, but he has a lot of qualities that former LSU receiver Jarvis Landry had coming out.
“Just being not quick. A lot of tall people are not as quick as the short slot receivers. You know me, I’m quick, and I’m tall. That just helps me get open in the slot. Jefferson said he isn’t limited to a slot receiver in the NFL and knows that will help him get on the field faster. He also confirmed that he met with the 49ers informally at the end.
The other receiver the 49ers have met with at the combine is TCU’s Jalen Reagor, who Cam Inman caught up with. Reagor said he has Deebo Samuel’s versatility and Tyreek Hill’s speed. “I’m a big play waiting to happen.” On what the 49ers talked to Reagor about: They talked to me a lot about being versatile and being able to play wherever, being able to know the playbook. That they would use me anywhere in the offense, they want a chance to use my speed. In the Super Bowl, they threw the ball eight times. He was like; we’re looking to change that. They really like me.”
This is all about reading between the lines. Reagor confused playoff games. Don’t get hung up on that. Instead, “we’re looking to change that” is the key here. John Lynch spoke at the combine and said, “the whole league is smiling at how talented the 2020 wide receiver draft class is. Lynch called the class “incredibly strong.” He talked about Jalen Hurd, Dante Pettis, and Trent Taylor. Lynch also talked about Hurd and why he didn’t join the team at the Super Bowl in Miami. He said that Hurd was leery of what a long plane flight would do to his back. Lynch mentioned how Hurd hadn’t been cleared medically, but that should happen in April. Back problems linger and are probably the second-worst injury you can have besides a high-sprained ankle. If the 49ers are investing in a receiver, that tells you all you need to know about Hurd’s health and the potential of Taylor and Pettis.