The 49ers continue to talk to Carlos Hyde's agents as free agency draws near. At the same time they've been interviewing some of the top runners in the upcoming draft. General manager John Lynch on Thursday said the team had official, 15-minute interviews in Indianapolis with Penn State's Saquon Barkley, USC's Ronald Jones and Oregon's Royce Freeman among others. A day earlier, Lynch was asked which positions seemed like the deepest in the upcoming draft. He said quarterback and running back. All three runners listed above seemingly would be nice fits in Kyle Shanahan's zone-running scheme and many draft observers consider Barkley a once-in-a-decade type of runner. He's likely to be unavailable when the 49ers pick in the first round.
San Francisco 49ers say they're not giving up on Carlos Hyde
Sacramento Bee | Mar 1