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The San Francisco 49ers got the Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch era off to an inauspicious beginning, losing to the Carolina Panthers by a final score of 23-3. There has been optimism this offseason, but expectations are still relatively low for this season, and that showed on Sunday.

The most notable news from the game was the loss of linebacker Reuben Foster to a leg injury. After a strong start in the first quarter, Foster went down grabbing his ankle. He was taken off on a cart, and the worst was feared. He eventually did walk back to the sideline, but had a notable limp. The 49ers taped up his ankle, but he did not return to the game. The upside to this is he was walking around without crutches. We’ll see if it’s an ankle sprain, and if it is, whether it is low or high.

The 49ers offense struggled in a big way on Sunday. We saw glimpses on a play here or a play there, but for the most part, the offense could not get most of the day. They had one drive go double digit plays, failed to convert on three of their four attempts at fourth down conversions, and had a fumble and interception.

Brian Hoyer had a less than stellar day, completing 24 of 35 passes for 193 yards and one interception. The interception was an awful throw where he just did not see Luke Kuechly. There were some times it seemed like he was holding onto the ball too long, but more often than not, Zane Beadles was getting beat by a pass rusher. Hoyer is a low ceiling quarterback, and a porous offensive line also lowers his floor.

5 things we learned

1. Laken Tomlinson needs to get up to speed in a hurry. The guard position in general is a mess, but Zane Beadles in particular is a turnstile right now.

2. The 49ers can’t afford to lose Reuben Foster for an extended period of time. NaVorro Bowman is not the linebacker he once was, and they need Foster out there in the nickel and dime packages.

3. Penalties remain a problem. We saw some issues with it in the preseason, and this group has some work to do to get on the same page.

4. Carlos Hyde is going to be busy in this offense. He only had nine carries, but he matched his career high with six receptions. He averaged five yards per carry on his rushes, but the 49ers just did not give him enough work. We’ll see plenty of him though this season.

5. Somehow the Los Angeles Rams are in first place in the NFC West. It’s only one game and the Indianapolis Colts sent out Scott Tolzien, but that was impressive.

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The draft is just two days away, and that means that plenty of people are trying to get a good feeling for what each team is wanting to do in the first round.

In that regard, ESPN’s Todd McShay today wrote that the Colts could be the team that takes Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster.

One person I spoke to said the Indianapolis Colts could end up being the parachute pick for Foster at No. 15 overall, given how they’re trying to overhaul the defensive side of the ball. If he doesn’t go there, the Redskins two picks later could be in play.

It is crucial to keep in mind that at this point in the draft process there is a lot of misinformation, whether that’s simply because of a wrong report or incorrect understanding or because of teams trying to manipulate the draft. But as even Chris Ballard joked last week, “everybody’s lying right now.”

With that caution aside, Todd McShay’s report makes a ton of sense and is very plausible. Reuben Foster has had a rough pre-draft process that has included recovering from a shoulder injury, being sent home from the Combine early, and having a diluted drug test at the Combine. So the question recently has been about how far Foster will fall. Talent-wise, he’s a top-ten (and probably top-five) player in this draft, but some of the other issues could cause him to fall. For a team picking in the middle of the first round (like the Colts), that could be just what is needed for Foster to fall far enough, something that otherwise might not have happened.

The Colts could really use help at inside linebacker, a position that currently will feature competition between Edwin Jackson, Antonio Morrison, Sean Spence, and Jon Bostic. Foster would easily be the best of the group and would provide the defense with a legitimate difference-maker, something they don’t have much of. The thing they’ll have to do is weigh the off-field concerns and determine whether his talent trumps those concerns. That’s something that the team will be able to determine better than we can, since the Colts will have access to much more info and will have been able to talk with Foster.

It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Colts decided to take Reuben Foster in the first round, though. Talent-wise, he would be great value at 15 and would be a huge boost to Indy’s defense. So in that regard, this pre-draft report is at least plausible and believable, whether it turns out to be true or not.

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In less than three weeks, the 2017 NFL draft will be at full tilt in Philadelphia. Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the course of the three-day event, a number of them Eagles faithful who will be in full throat when the host team gets on the clock.

What name will they hear called out?

After running through various scenarios, this much seems clear: They’ll have a chance at getting a real difference-maker at No. 14, almost regardless of how the first 13 picks play out. Here is one man’s opinion on the top three options should they fall to the Eagles in Round 1:

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Taking a closer look at Detroit Lions NFL Draft prospect Reuben Foster.

The 2017 NFL Draft kicks off on April 27. Heading into the draft, we will be taking a look at which players could be possible fits for the Detroit Lions.

Here’s the rundown on Reuben Foster.

Twitter: N/A
College: Alabama
Position: LB
Hometown: Auburn, AL
Height and weight: 6’1″, 245 lbs.
Date of birth: 4/4/1995
Projected round(s): 1st Round
Combine rating: 6.4
40 time: 4.72
NFL comparison: Patrick Willis
Career college stats: 211 tackles, 23 TFL, 7 sacks, 9 passes defended

The Lions have a major need for a thumper at linebacker, and Foster is perhaps the most elite playmaker in the entire class at linebacker. A solid prospect who can play the pass and the run and go side to side to make a play while packing a punch, Foster would fit in from day one in Detroit and likely be a major solution

After an interesting debacle at the combine in which Foster was sent home, his stock may have slipped a bit. Still, many expect him to be a top 15 prospect if not possibly top 10 or top five. It might require some good fortune for the Lions to land him, leading Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press to proclaim in a recent chat that he would be the ideal player the Lions would love to see fall to 21.

“Reuben Foster. I highly, highly doubt he makes it to 21. There’s talk he could go to the 49ers at No. 2 (or they like him in a trade down, at least). But because of the position he plays and some of the off-field stuff, that would be the guy.”

Certainly, that would be the best case scenario for the Lions.

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The Cincinnati Bengals suffered a shockingly disappointing season in 2016. After making five-consecutive playoff appearances, Cincinnati went 6-9-1 last year. The Bengals were not a bad team, but their inability to win close games was frustrating. The team finished 1-6-1 in games that were decided by one possession last season. That obviously points to Cincinnati having a talented roster, but they need a few extra pieces to put them over the top. The Bengals should be in a good position to improve with the ninth pick in this year’s draft.

Here are five players the Cincinnati Bengals could target with the ninth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

5) Garett Bolles OT Utah

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Andrew Whitworth has provided the Bengals with lights-out protection for the past ten years. Whitworth is about to enter free agency, and he has yet to re-sign with the team. The left tackle could want to chase a Super Bowl somewhere else, leaving the Bengals with some

undesirable options in his stead. Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi have proved to be incompetent at right tackle, so the Bengals have no reason to trust them on the blind side. Needing some new blood at this critical position, Cincinnati could turn to Garett Bolles in the first round.

Bolles would be a bit of a reach with the ninth pick, but he is the only tackle in this class with the traits to play on the left side. That could cause his stock to skyrocket after the combine. Bolles is a bit raw, but he might be Cincinnati’s best option in terms of replacing Whitworth.

 4) Jonathan Allen DT/DE Alabama

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Jonathan Allen is the most talented player on this list, but he will probably get drafted before the Bengals get on the clock. Allen is a hyper-athletic freak along the defensive line. He moves like lightning once the ball has been snapped, and is incredibly tough to block. Allen is a phenomenal pass rusher who can get the job done without ignoring his duties in run support.

The Bengals would love to draft this talented defensive lineman, should he be available. Cincinnati needs help at defensive end and defensive tackle, and Allen can contribute at both spots. They would likely start him on the interior, pairing him with the fearsome Geno Atkins. The Bengals would be extremely tough to block if they managed to add Allen to their front.

3) Reuben Foster LB Alabama

Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey did a great job last season, but the Bengals need someone to play between them in base sets. Karlos Dansby played pretty well last season, but betting on a 35 year old

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is risky at best. Meanwhile, Rey Maualuga has never been better than average at middle linebacker. If the Bengals really want to take their defense to the next level, they could spend the ninth pick in the draft on Reuben Foster.

Foster is the best linebacker to enter the draft in five years. He attacks the line of scrimmage with a downhill style, and his instincts are about as sharp as they can get. He struggles a bit in coverage, but the Bengals can take him off the field on passing downs in favor of Burfict and Rey. That would give him the time he needs to work out the kinks, while also letting him shine in base sets. Foster could really take the team’s run defense to the next level.

2) Taco Charlton DE Michigan

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Teams tend to draft players with similar frames at a give position. For example, a team that likes corners who are tall and long might take a player like that over a more highly-touted prospect with a smaller frame. The Bengals are very particular about their defensive ends, usually preferring edge rushers that are taller than six-feet-six-inches. That makes it hard to find consistent options at the position. The scarcity of those players could cause them to reach for a guy like Taco Charlton with the ninth pick.

Charlton is definitely a first-round prospect, but taking him at nine would be a bit of a stretch. Still, he is the only rusher in this class that meets Cincinnati’s height requirement. He is also a phenomenal pass rusher, using both power and speed to get into the pocket. Charlton would provide the Bengals with great value in the first round, but they should probably try and trade down if they decide to take him.

1) Corey Davis WR Western Michigan

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How many years should it take a team to find a quality number-two receiver? The Bengal

s drafted A.J. Green back in 2011, and he has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL since then. However, Cincinnati has yet to find a quality option across the field from Green. Andy Dalton has done a fine job throughout his career, but he could be a lot better if the Bengals added another great target. They should fix this problem here and now by drafting Corey Davis.

Davis would be the perfect complement to Green in this offense. While Green stretches the field with his speed, Davis can provide Dalton with a quality safety valve underneath. Davis is a beast after the catch, which could make him dangerous on plays where Green is running deep routes. He is a reliable route runner with strong hands in traffic. Adding a player like Davis could help the Bengals get over the hump in the AFC North.

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