Watch: Kyle Shanahan speaks to the press at the NFL Scouting Combine

Mar 1, 2017 at 11:56 AM


San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan stepped up to the podium today at the NFL Scouting Combine and spoke to the media about quarterbacks, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, free agent evaluations, and much more.

Shanahan discussed the report that Colin Kaepernick would opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. "I know that we don't really have any under contract," Shanahan said. "Kaepernick is but just seeing that today that he's probably going to opt out here in a week or so -- whenever that is. So we don't have anyone on our roster so I've thrown them into the category of everybody else who is free agents and possibilities going into the draft. Those are the guys that we're comparing to who you see in the free agent market, who there is in the draft and trade possibilities and our guys who were on our roster last year is really the group we're picking from."

You can watch the full video of Shanahan speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine below.



Other key takeaways from the discussion with the press:

  • Shanahan said that, over the past few weeks, they have been working to evaluate the players currently on the 49ers roster.
  • Shanahan would not discuss Kirk Cousins because he is under contract with Washington.
  • Film on a player is by far the most important aspect of evaluating college quarterbacks. If you like the film, then you go into how they can handle the pressures of the most important position in sports.
  • Right now, he sees Carlos Hyde being their running back. "I don't think he's a finished product," Shanahan said. "I think there's a lot more to his game."
  • "A year of tape is pretty good," Shanahan said regarding evaluating a college player with just a year of starting experience. "You get to see a lot."
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