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NFL Notes: Draft, 49ers, Chiefs, & Eagles

Draft

An AFC scout tells Lance Zierlein of NFL.com that he thinks Navy quarterback-turned-running back Keenan Reynolds would be a better fit as a slot receiver in the NFL than a running back.

 “I would like to see him play in the slot rather than taking these dumb zone-read snaps. I don’t think he’s a running back, but he might be a slot receiver. I just need to see him get some legitimate receiver snaps,” the scout said of Reynolds.

Stony Brook DE  Victor Ochi could end up being among the big winners from the Shrine game.

The Ochi kid has something to him. I spoke with our regional scout who said that he was the dude in the locker room and that everyone was afraid of him — not afraid but listened to what he had to say. I wish he was taller but he’s got length, so I’m not worried about that,” an AFC executive told Zierlein of Ochi.

  • Wisconsin QB Joel Stave struggled during the East/West Shrine Game practices and his perceived lack of poise could make it difficult for him to be drafted.
  • Minnesota LB De’Vondre Campbell has the size and body of an NFL player, and could end up being a fourth- or fifth-round pick, according to Zierlein.

49ers

49ers GM Trent Baalke stressed that while they believe QB Colin Kaepernick could be a great fit in Chip Kelly’s offense, they have two quarterbacks to evaluate.

“Well the future’s bright (for Kaepernick),” general manager Trent Baalke told 95.7 The Game on Friday, via CSN Bay Area. “…But we’ve got two guys. Blaine (Gabbert) stepped in and did some awfully good things. Obviously Colin has done a lot of good things through his career here. And Chip’s looking forward to getting together with both of them, and getting them on the field, and putting them into his system, and going to work…We’ve got plenty of time to get going here.”

Chiefs

Chiefs president Mark Donovan mentioned that they plan to continue their strategic approach towards marketing in St. Louis area now that the Rams have left for Los Angeles. However, Donovan stressed that they will be sensitive to the feelings of St. Louis football fans.

“I’ve gotten texts and emails from fans saying I’m now a Chiefs fan, and we appreciate all that,” Donovan said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “But we’re going to take a strategic approach to that — we’re going to be respectful. They’ve been through a really tough process.

“We’re going to continue to do what we do, and we think with the success we’re having on the field and the success we’re having off the field, it creates a great opportunity for us.

Eagles

ESPN’s Adam Caplan mentioned during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic that he can’t see the Eagles signing QB Sam Bradford to multi-year extension.

“I don’t want to say impossible, but it’s going to be extremely difficult to go past one year,” Caplan said, via Rotoworld.com. “It’s (using the franchise tag) or he walks, that’s the way I see it. I will be stunned if they get an extension done. A long-term deal, stunned.

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