Fred Warner (American football)

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Fred Warner
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Warner in 2018
No. 54 – San Francisco 49ers
Personal information
Born: (1996-11-19) November 19, 1996 (age 22)
San Marcos, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Mission Hills
(San Marcos, California)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 70
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:124
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Frederick Warner Jr. (born November 19, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at BYU and was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.[1]

High school career[edit]

Warner attended Mission Hills High School, located in San Marcos, California. In his high school career, he was named to the All-California First Team by USA Today, the Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team, the Avocado East League Defensive Player of the Year and the All-San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year.


Coming out of high school, Warner was a four-star recruit according to,, and Warner was rated as the 15th best outside linebacker in the nation by According to he was 27th best outside linebacker in the nation. rated Warner as the 26th best outside linebacker in the nation. ranked him as the 37th best outside linebacker in the nation. He signed to BYU on February 5, 2014 but was also recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Nebraska, New Mexico State, USC, Utah, Washington, and Washington State.

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a true freshman for BYU, Warner registered 24 total tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception (which was returned for a touchdown) and one pass breakup.

Sophomore season[edit]

Warner stepped into the starting role as a sophomore, making 67 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

Junior season[edit]

As a junior, Warner recorded 86 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions (returning one for a touchdown), two forced fumbles and six pass breakups.

Senior season[edit]

As a senior, Warner was named as the team captain and lead the team with 87 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, one sack, along with one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five pass breakups. In four years at BYU, Warner was a three-year starter and registered 264 total tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, seven interceptions (returning two for touchdowns), five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 13 pass breakups. His seven career interceptions rank second in school history among linebackers.

Professional career[edit]

On November 20, 2017, it was announced that Warner had accepted his invitation to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl.[2] On January 27, 2018, Warner recorded six combined tackles as part of Denver Broncos' head coach Vance Joseph's North team that lost 45–16 to the South coached by Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien. His overall performance throughout the week impressed scouts and helped him add value to his draft stock.[3] He attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed all of the combine drills. He finished 13th among all linebackers in the 40-yard dash, eighth in the bench press, ninth in the short shuttle, and sixth in the three-cone drill.[4][5] Warner attended pre-draft visits and private workouts with multiple teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and Buffalo Bills.[6][7][8] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Warner was projected to be a second round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the fourth best outside linebacker in the draft by Scouts Inc. and was ranked the sixth best outside linebacker by[9][10]

External video
Free Warner's NFL Combine Workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 38 in
(1.91 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.64 s 1.55 s 2.65 s 4.28 s 6.90 s 38 12 in
(0.98 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]


The San Francisco 49ers selected Warner in the third round (70th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Warner was the ninth linebacker drafted in 2018.[13]

External video
49ers draft Fred Warner 70th overall

On June 13, 2018, the San Francisco 49ers signed Warner to a four-year, $3.97 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $1.01 million.[14]

Throughout training camp, Warner competed against Brock Coyle to be the starting middle linebacker. Head coach Kyle Shanahan named Warner the starting middle linebacker to begin the season.[15][16] He started alongside outside linebackers Mark Nzeocha and Malcolm Smith.[17]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the San Francisco 49ers’ season-opened at the Minnesota Vikings and recorded 12 combined tackles (11 solo tackles), one pass defended, and one forced fumble during their 24–16 loss. On December 30, 2017, Warner collected a season-high 14 combined tackles (nine solo) in the 49ers’ 48–32 loss against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17.[18] He started in all 16 games in his rookie season in 2018 and recorded 124 combined tackles (85 solo), six pass deflections, and one forced fumble.[19] Warner’s 124 total tackles finished 12th among all players and third among all rookies in 2018.[20] He received an overall grade of 63.9 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked 51st among all qualified linebackers in 2018.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2018 SF 16 16 124 85 39 0.0 -- 6 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1 1
Career 16 16 124 85 39 0.0 0 6 0 0 -- 0 0 1 1

Personal life[edit]

Warner was born to Laura and Fred. He has five siblings. His younger brother, Troy is a defensive back for BYU. In December 2017, Warner graduated as an exercise and wellness major.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Barrows, Matt (April 27, 2018). "49ers take linebacker Fred Warner in third round. Why he fits the mold in S.F." The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Prospects that have accepted invites to 2018 Senior Bowl". November 20, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Judd, Brandon (January 27, 2018). "BYU's Fred Warner registers 6 tackles to lead three locals at Senior Bowl". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "NFL Combine: Top Performers". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Harper, Mitch (March 4, 2018). "NFL Combine 2018: Fred Warner Results & Video". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Fucillo, David (April 17, 2018). "Report: 49ers hosted LB Fred Warner on official pre-draft visit a day before LB Roquan Smith". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  7. ^ Talbort, Ryan (April 22, 2018). "2018 NFL Draft: Which prospects have the Buffalo Bills met with?". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Heath, Jon (April 5, 2018). "Broncos will host LB/DB Fred Warner on pre-draft visit". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Fred Warner, DS #6 OLB, Brigham Young". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "NFL FRED Warner -ESPN". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Fred Warner". March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "Bringham Young OLB Fred Warner : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Fann, Joe (April 27, 2018). "San Francisco 49ers Draft BYU LB Fred Warner". Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  14. ^ " Fred Warner contract". Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Madson, Kyle (August 30, 2018). "Key 49ers starters not in uniform for preseason finale". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  16. ^ Branch, Erin (July 30, 2018). "Hurts so good: 49ers' Brock Coyle gets paid after playing through pain". San Francisco Chronicle.
  17. ^ Fucillo, David (September 4, 2018). "49ers depth chart vs. Vikings puts the "un" in unofficial". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "NFL Player stats: Fred Warner (2018)". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "NFL Player stats: Fred Warner (career)". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  20. ^ "NFL Stats: Tackles (2018)". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Fred Warner". Retrieved January 20, 2019.

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