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49er Draft Prospects: Visiting, Being Scouted, etc.

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Posted: 04/09/2012 9:58 AM

49er Draft Prospects: Visiting, Being Scouted, etc. 


Thought I'd start a separate thread that actually discusses the various prospects that the 49ers visit with or are reported to be scouting. This isn't a "I'd like the 49ers to draft this guy" thread, so please try to limit conversation to those players who are reported to be visiting or being scouted. Provide links to articles, tweets, etc. that report various players if you can.

That's not to say that conversations can't include discussion on the players they are scouting, or comparisons to other players, but the focus of this thread should be to create a full archive of players the 49ers are said to have interest in so that we can all sort of look back to see how that list of players they show interest in play out during the draft.
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Posted: 04/09/2012 9:58 AM

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I'll start it off with today's report that the 49ers had Rueben Randle in for a visit, and have scheduled meetings with Michael Floyed and AJ Jenkins.


Last month at LSU's pro day, Randle imprved his 40-yard dash time at the combine -- 4.55 seconds -- to 4.42 seconds. NFL Draft Scout rates Randle as the fourth-best wideout in this year's draft.

Floyd, meanwhile, is widely considered the second-best wideout in the draft. He's already met with, or will meet with, 11 teams, including several that draft in the Top 10. The 49ers are likely to take a close look at other wideouts who might be available at No. 30, including Baylor's Kendall Wright and Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill.


Wideout is one of the deepest positions in the draft, especially in the middle rounds. The 49ers also have a meeting with Illinois speedster A.J. Jenkins (6-0, 190) whom NFL Draft Scout has as the 10th-best wideout in this month's draft.


 


Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2012/04/wid eout-watch-randle-visited-49ers-floyd-on-his-way.h tml#storylink=cpy
The interest in Randle is not surprising, as he's projected to be available around the 49ers pick. The interest in Floyd is a little more surprising, since he's not expected to be available in that range. I would not be surprised if they are bringing in a top-rated wideout to use as a frame of reference for other prospects they will see. I don't know if it means, specifically, that they are interested in Floyd, but it'll be curious to see if chatter arises around Floyd if he slips into the 20's.

A.J. Jenkins is an interesting prospect for the 2nd round or possibly mid-3rd round range. He's a bit light in the pants and needs to add strength, but could possibly be used as a slot receiver, as he shows good elusiveness once he gets out of his break. He sort of reminds me of Brandon Lloyd coming out (good hands, not a true burner, but can build to speed, etc.).

I think the main takeaway from this is that the 49ers clearly are not done with their WR position. The 49ers have already reportedly spoken with Mohammed Sanu (during the combine), and had scouts present at the pro-days of Sanu, Nick Toon, and others. Curious to see if any of these guys make their way to 49ers headquarters, as well.
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Posted: 04/09/2012 11:56 AM

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The 49ers will host Utah State running back Robert Turbin for a pre-draft visit on April 12, a source told The Chronicle.

Turbin, who attended Irvington High School in Fremont, rushed for 2,813 yards, averaged 6.2 yards a carry and scored 41 total touchdowns in his final two college seasons. Turbin is also scheduled to visit the Chiefs, Eagles, Redskins and Jets.

At the NFL combine, Turbin, 5-foot-10 and 222 pounds, did 28 repetitions at 225 pounds on the bench press, matching Boise State’s Doug Martin for the most by a running back. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds, the ninth-fastest time among 28 running backs. His 10-2 broad jump ranked fourth. Turbin suffered two serious injuries in college, a torn capsule at the bottom of his big toe in 2007 and a torn ACL in 2010.

http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2...to-visit-49ers/

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Posted: 04/09/2012 11:58 AM

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Last year, the 49ers took Bruce Miller, a college defensive end, and successfully turned him into a fullback.

For their next trick, could they turn a power forward into a tight end?

The Niners could have interest in signing Cal State Fullerton’s Andre Hardy, an intriguing prospect who hasn’t played football since high school. The Niners were one of seven teams at Hardy’s workout last week in San Diego. They reportedly hosted Hardy for a visit Friday in Santa Clara.

Hardy (6-5, 244), who averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in a career spent at Oral Roberts and Cal State Fullerton, is a street free agent. He ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at his workout at Hoover High School and has a 79-inch wingspan (Perspective: Aldon Smith has an 84-inch wingspan).

http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2...ketball-player/

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Posted: 04/09/2012 12:10 PM

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Hardy is actually not a draft prospect. He's a street FA. I've posted a thread on him in the regular forum. biggrin
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Posted: 04/09/2012 1:03 PM

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Realized after I postedsurprised I was a little too excitedexcited
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Posted: 04/10/2012 1:43 AM

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pudding wrote: Hardy is actually not a draft prospect. He's a street FA. I've posted a thread on him in the regular forum. biggrin
Hmmm...Hardy, 6-5 244...something eerie about Hardy!!!biggrin
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Posted: 04/13/2012 11:09 AM

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Stephen Hill and Kendall Wright are both making visits to the 49ers, with Hill coming over the weekend, and Wright apparently at 4949 Centennial Drive today. That makes four of the top rated WR visiting the 49ers now (only Justin Blackmon hasn't of the guys projected as potential 1st rounders).

I believe the 49ers have 30 official visits they can schedule at their facilities, so there's still a lot of players that can come through by the end, but the focus on the WR talent is definitely lining up with a lot of what many have speculated.
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Posted: 04/13/2012 11:29 AM

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I heard that Michael Floyd's visit with the 49ers has been cancelled. If so, I suppose that isn't too consequential, as some analysts see him going top-15 with a small chance to go top-10.

Here's a link. I was actually told this, but I googled to see if there was a link...for some reason, it mostly seems to be fantasy football sites reporting it. Not sure why.

http://www.kffl.com/gnews.php?...isit-cancelled/

Edited to add:

Actually, it's being reported by Barrows too:

A visit with Notre Dame's Michael Floyd was cancelled.

http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/...sits-49ers.html

Last edited 04/13/2012 11:33 AM by Minstrel

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Posted: 04/13/2012 12:23 PM

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Maiocco tweeted today that Isaiah Pead, Cinci RB was visiting. I can't get on twitter at work, but he said this was per a 'league source.'
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Posted: 04/13/2012 1:05 PM

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According to Maiocco, here's the current list of visits:


Running backs
David Wilson, Virginia Tech, visit
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati, visit (CSNBayArea.com)
Robert Turbin, Utah State, visit
Travaris Cadet, Appalachian State, interview (Scout.com)

 

Wide receivers
Kendall Wright, Baylor, visit (Sacramento Bee)
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, visit (Sacramento Bee)
Rueben Randle, Iowa, visit
A.J. Jenkins, Illinois, visit
Note: Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) cancelled a scheduled visit.


Center
Chris Anzevino, Kent State, private workout (Scout.com)

 

Defensive end
Claude Davis, South Florida, visit

 

Outside linebacker
Bruce Irvin, West Virginia, visit (Scout.com).

 

Cornerbacks
Jeremy Lane, Northwestern State, visit (San Francisco Chronicle)
Jeremy Jones, Wayne State, private workout (Detroit Free Press)

 

Safeties
Jordan Bernstine, Iowa, private workout (Scout.com)
Sean Richardson, Vanderbilt, interview (Sports Illustrated)


Read more: 49ers 2012 pre-draft visit tracker on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area


That's 10 visits, 3 private workouts, and 2 interviews thus far. This does not include who they've sent scouts out to see on pro-days or who they talked with at the combine.
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Posted: 04/14/2012 2:17 AM

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As I thought about the Niners scheduling a few of the top WRs to visit the Bay area, I was thinking this could all be smoke & mirrors to keep the attention off Coby Fleener.  Or maybe even off of the OG prospects.  Baalke did a great job last draft keeping the attention off Aldon Smith as all eyes was on Robert Quinn being the next OLB/DE prospect to come off the board after Von Miller.

This prompted me to take a look at some prospects that are ranked in the 30-45 area and see which of these players would shock me if the Niners were to draft them.  Here goes my list of shockers at #30:

1. OLB - Shea McClellin
2. RB - Doug Martin
3. RB - David Wilson
4. RB - Lamar Miller
5. OLB - Lavonte David
6. DT Brandon Thompson
7. OLB - Zach Brown
8. OLB/DE Vinny Curry
9. OLB/DE Chandler Jones

Compiled these names through several publications

Remember, Aldon Smith wasn't a clear cut top 7 talent heading into the 2011 draft.  I seen his range as high as #9 to as low as a 2nd rounder.

No play is too big for Colin Kaepernick!!!
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Posted: 04/15/2012 3:00 PM

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Bobby Wagner LB has a scheduled upcoming visit
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Posted: 04/15/2012 11:55 PM

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The more I read about him the more I like Chandler Jones. I could really see him being the Niners pick. He's a physical freak and I love his motor, athleticism, and his background. He could really be Aldon Smith II. They could use him in the same way as they did Aldon last season and I think it would generate incredible results. He could add serious depth at OLB and DE.
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Posted: 04/16/2012 8:25 AM

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Jackmaul wrote:

As I thought about the Niners scheduling a few of the top WRs to visit the Bay area, I was thinking this could all be smoke & mirrors to keep the attention off Coby Fleener.  Or maybe even off of the OG prospects.  Baalke did a great job last draft keeping the attention off Aldon Smith as all eyes was on Robert Quinn being the next OLB/DE prospect to come off the board after Von Miller.

This prompted me to take a look at some prospects that are ranked in the 30-45 area and see which of these players would shock me if the Niners were to draft them.  Here goes my list of shockers at #30:

1. OLB - Shea McClellin
2. RB - Doug Martin
3. RB - David Wilson
4. RB - Lamar Miller
5. OLB - Lavonte David
6. DT Brandon Thompson
7. OLB - Zach Brown
8. OLB/DE Vinny Curry
9. OLB/DE Chandler Jones

Compiled these names through several publications

Remember, Aldon Smith wasn't a clear cut top 7 talent heading into the 2011 draft.  I seen his range as high as #9 to as low as a 2nd rounder.




Yeah, pretty good list.  I LOVE Doug Martin.  Lavonte David & Zach Brown are a little undersized for our scheme, both being around 6-1, 230.  Not sure where you'd play them.
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