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Reported 49ers Draft Visits, Interviews & Workouts


I few days ago I noticed the National Football Post advertisement that is located in right column.   I had previously visited the website before and came away with a rather good impression.  It's design is appealing, which is rather shocking for a news based website, it has a slew of credible NFL sources as reporters including ex-NFL executive Michael Lombardi and best off all it is chocked full of reports and tidbits on NFL team activity.

I've been following the Draft 2010 area of the website the last few days to find reports about player visits to the 49ers prior to the draft.  To my growing dismay there hasn't been much activity.  While pouring over their reports and archives it appears every other team in bringing in top candidates for interviews and workouts except the 49ers.  This got my wheels spinings so I decided to conduct all out 49ers draft activity search across the world wide web to see what I could find.  What I found was rather curious and interesting so I thought I would share all that I found.

First and foremost because a team visits or has some reported interaction with a player doesn't mean the team will draft the player per say.  Nor does the absence of activity or visits indicate a team is not interested or will not draft a player.  With that said I don't believe teams conduct any of these activities as a smoke screen.  There is obviously some level of interest in the player to warrant the trip expense.  The team is there to learn something about the player unless of course you want to believe the scouting department has to spend the money or John York has an excuse to cut their budget next year.

Scheduled Player Visits:

16 days until the draft and the 49ers have reportedly only brought one 1st round prospect into San Fransisco for a visit:

Singletary wining, dining Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis tonight - Matt Barrows Sacramento Bee

Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers. - Maligned but potentially gifted OT

Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis is on his way to San Francisco this afternoon, according to his agent. He'll have dinner with coach Mike Singletary tonight and has a full day of meetings tomorrow.

If you think this is a bit strange than raise your hand like me.  Maybe there are more visits to come but I've read through National Football Post archives to determine if any other potential 1st round picks could be visiting and San Francisco hasn't been listed on any itinerary.  Now teams have a limited number of scheduled visits, workouts, interviews, etc. they can conduct with potential draftees. I don't know exact parameters or quotas but maybe this is a factor at play here.

Private Workouts, Pro Day visits, Interviews and the Mike Singletary treatment:

I did find a lot of information to share on this front.  Because of the breadth of information I've decided to break down the links and key bits of information in a pseudo Ninjames style (I'm putting him on notice Colbert style).  After all the links I will get to some analysis and derived conclusions.

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Source: Kyle Wilson runs a 4.43 - National Football Post

Kyle Wilson, CB Boise St. - Report from his Pro Day in Boise, Idaho.

After the workout, Wilson met with the 49ers and Steelers.

Six teams sent secondary coaches to the workout, including the St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals,  Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Patrick Robinson to work out for the Browns - National Football Post

Patrick Robinson, CB Florida St. - Report from Pro Day where it was attended by Mike Singletary

Robinson's workout was attended by San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, according to NFL.com.

Robinson told National Football Post that he's scheduled to visit the Browns as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers.

 

Jerome Murphy runs a 4.48 - National Football Post

Jerome Murphy, CB USF - Follow up report from Pro Day

Murphy is also scheduled to attend the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' local prospect day and has visits or workouts with the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks.

 

Anthony Levine stacks up with best combine results - National Football Post

Anthony Levine, S Tenn. St - Pro Day report where Levine put numbers that would have impressed at Combine

HIs three-cone drill (6.64 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.05) and 60-yard shuttle (10.97) would have ranked first for any safety that worked out at the combine.

Also spotted on the TSU campus, per our source: the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

UConn CB Robert McClain getting a little buzz - National Football Post

Robert McClain, CB UConn - Duh, it says so in the headline . . .

A second team All-Big East selection this past season after tying for second in the league for interceptions with four, McClain is a little on the small side at 5-9, 194 pounds, but he’s got some versatility that NFL teams like.

His real value could come on special teams, particularly as a punt returner.

McClain has already had a visit with the New England Patriots, according to a league source. He has a visit scheduled with the Jacksonville Jaguars and will conduct a private workout for the San Francisco 49ers.

 

Dexter McCluster to visit Broncos, Redskins - National Football Post

Dexter McCluster, RB/KR/PR Ole Miss. - List of schedule workouts and team interest

McCluster has previously visited the Tennessee Titans and has conducted private workouts for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.

 

Sources: Broncos work out Pike, Gilyard - National Football Post

Mardy Gilyard, WR/KR/PR Cincinnati - Article says Mike Singletary attended Pro Day. It's old news and most agree he was probably in attendance to see Gilyard.

Pike reportedly had a good throwing session during Wednesday's workout session that was attended by 26 NFL teams, including San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary.

And Gilyard improved his 40-yard dash time to 4.47 seconds after clocking a disappointing 4.56 time at the NFL scouting combine.

 

Buzz growing about FAMU's LeRoy Vann - National Football Post

LeRoy Vann,  CB/KR/PR Florida A&M - Division 1AA prospect (you know where everyone is told they are a great special team prospect, break NCAA records but in reality truly suck and are told so through blog experts)

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary as well as a sizable contingent of 49ers coaches and scouts observed elusive kick returner LeRoy Vann during his Pro Day workout today at FAMU in Tallahassee, Fla.

Vann owns the NCAA career record with 11 returns for touchdowns, returning eight punts and three kickoffs for scores.

 

49ers To Workout Stanford DT Udofia - Scout.com

Ekom Udofia,  NT Stanford - 49ers are interested in bringing in 6th/7th Rnd prospect Udofia for a workout and projected to be potential 3-4 defense nose tackle.

Scout.com has learned that the 49ers will work out Stanford tackle Ekom Udofia at their facility on April 13th.

A three and a half year starter at Stanford, Udofia was hampered by injuries during his collegiate career, but the 6-foot-1, 326 pounder still managed to start 39 games with the Cardinals.

 

Anxiety, hope for Rutgers' NFL prospects - Philly.com Sports

Ryan D'Imperio, LB Rutgers - Maybe the scouts saw something they liked in the fringe draft pick while scouting Anthony Davis

He worked out at linebacker, his natural position, and accommodated scouts when they asked to see the 6-foot-3, 241-pounder run through fullback drills.

D'Imperio said he received good feedback from scouts after a workout highlighted by a 4.65 40-yard dash and a 9-foot, 7-inch broad jump. D'Imperio also has individual workouts set up with the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers.

 

Richard Goodman Interview - Draftseason

Richard Goodman, WR Florida St. - Missed his last season of football with an injury and hopes to be ready at the start of training camp.

DraftSeason: What teams have you heard from and who do you feel is the most serious about drafting you?
Richard Goodman: The 49ers,Giants and Falcons have shown interest and I have a workout with the Dolphins on April 8th.

 

Source: Jamar Chaney ran a 4.45 today - National Football Post

Jamar Chaney, LB Miss. St - Fastest LB at the Combine discuss teams of interest and scheduled workouts

Chaney was the fastest linebacker at the NFL scouting combine with an official time of 4.54 seconds ahead of Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson's 4.56.

Chaney, who was the South team's Most Valuable Player on defense at the Senior Bowl, has also drawn interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.

 

Source: Giants, 49ers to check out Duke linebacker - National Football Post

Vincent Rey, LB Duke - 49ers are interested in this speedy LB.  Brought up in a fan post a week prior and it was pointed out Rey is an ace on special teams.

The 6’0”, 240-pound linebacker from Far Rockaway, NY recorded 90 tackles (40 solo), two interceptions and one sack for the 5-7 Blue Devils in 2009. For his career, Rey racked up 431 stops with seven forced fumbles, seven sacks and three interceptions.

In addition to working out for the Giants, Rey will meet with the San Francisco 49ers next week in North Carolina.

 

Niners meet jumbo-sized, small-school offensive tackle - Matt Barrows Sacramento Bee

J'Marcus Webb, OT Texas A&M - 7th round prospect, 6'7 335lbs mammoth whose agent indicated he had met with the 49ers.

On the same night last week the 49ers had 327-pound Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis for dinner, they also hosted West Texas A&M offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb, according to his agent. He might have played at a small school, but Webb is one of the biggest players in the draft at 6-7, 335 pounds. He wears size 19 shoes, has 36-inch arms and ran the short shuttle in 4.16 seconds.

 

Bucs WRs Coach Yarber Attends Bryant's Workout - PewterReport.com

Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma St. - Singletary and Baalke were in attendance for his Pro Day.  Many have written it was purely a bonding trip between coach and GM while other speculate the 49ers wanted to use Singletary's soul searching gut detector to get a feel for Bryant.

Among the NFL coaches and executives in attendance were Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary and director of player personnel Trent Baalke . . .

 

Draft Prospect Interview: Sean Weatherspoon - Scout.com

Sean Weatherspoon, LB Missouri - Interview were one of the things Weatherspoon discusses is surprisingly heavy draft interest from 3-4 defensive teams.

Weatherspoon: I met with a lot of 3-4 teams, which was kind of news to me. I had been hearing all this stuff like "he's a 4-3 guy, Will side, maybe on the inside. Maybe." I met with the Chargers, Steelers, Broncos and even the 49ers, so I was like, wow. They all can see me on the inside in a 3-4 system so that kind of made me excited since I hadn't heard that at all. So once I got out there and talked to them, it made me feel a little bit better about my draft status. I feel like I can play in any system. In a 4-3, most guys are saying on the weak side, but some teams are talking about the middle, so it's pretty neat. I'm just taking it all in.

 

Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen: 'I'm in a great situation right now' - Sporting News

JImmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame - What, wait . . . Jimmy Clausen!?!?  Wasn't it MoreFalseHope that said McCloughan was fired because Jed wanted the team to draft fellow alumnus Jimmy Clausen to be his franchise QB?

Although Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen didn't throw for scouts, he attended Notre Dame's pro day Tuesday and had individual meetings with representatives of the Redskins and 49ers. Clausen, who has been recovering from January surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his right big toe, will hold his own workout for NFL teams on April 9 in South Bend.

 

Updates 4/6:

Source: Aaron Morgan works out for 49ers - National Football Post

Aaron Morgan, OLB Louisiana-Monroe - Is a 6-foot-4, 242-pounder OLB pass rush specialist who suits the 49ers size criteria.

Louisiana-Monroe hybrid pass rusher Aaron Morgan conducted a private workout today for the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source close to the program with knowledge of the situation.

Last season, Morgan registered nine sacks, also posting 17 tackles for losses, 52 tackles and one interception.

 

Source: Patriots will work out UConn punter Cullen

Desi Cullen, P UConn - The 49ers will conduct a private workout.  A punter?  The guy on the roster is locked up for awhile and just made the Pro Bowl . . .don't tell Fooch.

Cullen also has private workouts scheduled with the 49ers and Eagles this week.

 

http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/radio/news/story?page=nfldraft100406 - ESPN

Hall Davis, DE/OLB Louisiana-Lafayette - Another under the radar OLB prospect who again matches the 49ers height requirement.  It seems the dinosaur talent evaluators are still in the building.

Get to know Hall Davis from Louisiana-Lafayette. The Defensive End stands at an impressive 6'4, 271 lbs. and put up better than average numbers at the combine. Although he played as a down lineman in college, a number of teams project him as an outside backer. Make no mistake, this is a middle round type guy, but with scheduled visits to the Titans, 49ers, Ravens and Patriots, it's obvious he's caught the eye of some very good defensive football teams.

 

Updates 4/7:

Cape Coral grad Nate Allen interviews for NFL - News-Press.com

Nate Allen, S USF - No news today but was able to dig around some more and found this old story where Allen says he has met with the 49ers.

Allen had his team's fastest 20-yard shuttle run time (4.22 seconds), fastest 60-yard shuttle run (11.41), fastest three-cone drill (6.46) and highest vertical leap (341Ú2 inches).

Allen has trips and private interviews planned with the Cowboys, Browns, Chiefs, Rams and Jets. He already has met with personnel from the Steelers, 49ers and Bears.

 

Updates 4/8:

Source: John Skelton in demand - National Football Post

John Skelton, QB Fordham - Jim Drunkenmiller 2.0 has been found and the 49ers are again interested.  I've heard the prognosticators talk about Skelton and mainly he is drawing interest because of his size and decent athletic ability.

He has visited the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a source close to the program with knowledge of the situation.

The 6-foot-5, 243-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds, registering a 33 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 9-foot broad jump and a 4.33 in the 20-yard shuttle.

 

Updates 4/10:

Arthur Moats on the rise

Arthur Moats, OLB James Madison - Another small school OLB garner a lot of interest from the 49ers.  According to the report he is scheduled for a visit this upcoming week.

James Madison outside linebacker Arthur Moats has visited the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, and he’s set to visit the San Francisco 49ers next week, a league source confirmed.

He’s regarded as a rising draft prospect. He has been projected anywhere from the third round to the latter portion of the NFL draft.

 

Updates 4/13:

Bryant, Ducasse latest scheduled to visit 49ers - Matt Maioccos

Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma St. - Bryant's visit is being interpreted as the 49ers attempt to stir up interest in their pick.  More likely, a player gets a visit to 49ers headquarters if there are questions about his character or a less heralded pick.

Peter King wrote earlier today that Bryant will visit the 49ers today. We've confirmed through a league source that Bryant is scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area this evening and spend Tuesday morning meeting with coaches and club officials. Certainly, there are a lot of questions about Bryant. That would explain why 10 teams want to spend extra time interviewing him.

 

Vladimir Ducasse, OT UMass - Nicknamed the "Contingency Plan" the 49ers are figuring out what they get should they fail to find a OT in the 1st round.

The 49ers will also meet tomorrow with tackle Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts. Ducasse is generally considered among the top eight tackles available. And you would think the 49ers will get one of these players in the first two rounds.

 

7 Points: Crisis Looming - Scout.com

Ed Dickson, TE Oregon - A productive TE for the Ducks.  Maybe a long term upgrade to Delanie Walker or more capable backup to Vernon Davis.  Jimmy Raye liked the 49ers offense to run 2-TE sets due to match up issues for the defense.

Oregon's Ed Dickson told me that he's already visited the Lions and the Ravens, and has visits lined up this week with the 49ers and the Rams. He was the school's top all-time tight end with 124 receptions for 1,557 yards and 12 touchdowns. He'll should know which NFL team has sent his name to the podium no later than the third round.

 

Updates 4/15: 1st Rnd Prospects are visiting . . . hooray!!!!!

Sergio Kindle in heavy demand - Yahoo.com (really A National Football Post feed)

Sergio Kindle, OLB Texas - A guys really don't understand the 49ers interest in.  He's a Manny Lawson type with less polish and the team has never seemed thrilled with Manny Lawson.

Kindle has visited the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers.

For his career, Kindle has recorded 168 tackles, 15 1/2 sacks and 34 1/2 tackles for losses, 56 quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

 

Source: Iupati in heavy demand with nine visits - Yahoo.com (again paying for National Football Post's story)

Mike Iupati, G Idaho - A guy I think the 49ers could really use and use well.  The scary part of the article is all the Raiders talk of drafting him at #8, knowing the Raiders need to reach on someone this might be it.

Per a source close to the program, Iupati has visited the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.

In popular NFL parlance, Iupati is a beast.

 

Updates 4/19:

Taylor Mays visited Bengals, Chiefs, Cowboys and 49ers - National Football Post

Taylor Mays, S USC - I'm not surprised in the visit or the 49ers interest.  If the 49ers are happy with Michael Lewis at SS than they are going to love Taylor Mays.  His coverage skills may lack but Mays could be a daunting in the box safety.  Some think the game is transitioning away from that type of player, I think it's comical when anyone thinks they know which way the NFL is going to transition

USC safety Taylor Mays has visited the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, a league source confirmed.

At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Mays has run in the 4.3 range.

He posted a 41-inch vertical leap. He also scored a respectable 22 on the Wonderlic personnel exam.

 

Source: Carlton Mitchell has visited or worked out for seven teams - National Football Post

Carlton Mitchell, WR USF - He fits the criteria of a 49ers receiver, 6'3, 215lbs and runs a 4.40 40 yard dash.  Is projected to go the 2nd round.

University of South Florida junior wide receiver Carlton Mitchell has had private workouts or visits with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source close to the program with knowledge of the situation.

 

Source: Hall Davis has visited Patriots, Lions, 49ers and Titans - National Football Post

Hall Davis, DE/OLB Louisiana-Lafayette - Another mid to late round OLB prospect with prototypical size and some athletic ability the 49ers covet.

The 6-foot-4, 271-pounder Ragin' Cajun was a late invite to the Senior Bowl, but declined the invitation to continue his preparations for the NFL scouting combine.

Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Hall Davis has visited the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions, according to a source close to the program.

 

Rutgers' TE Shamar Graves gaining late attention - National Football Post

Shamar Graves, TE Rutgers - He lost his eligibility and is being forced to declare for the draft.  He's a possible late round draft with more athletic appear than production.  I'm guessing he's linked to the 49ers because scouts have been all over Rutgers workouts.

The 6-2, 235-pounder had a strong pro day at Rutgers and has capitalized on that in recent weeks with workouts for the Colts, Giants, Jets and 49ers. He’s also drawn interest from the Browns and Eagles and teams like his athletic ability even if his statistical production last season for the Scarlet Knights wasn’t overwhelming.

 

Chiefs Return To Maine Looking For Next Jovan Belcher - Arrowhead Pride

Jovan Belcher, ILB Maine - 49ers scouts found in Scott Pioli's stomping ground in Maine presumably checking out this potential ILB prospect.

He was a defensive end with the Black Bears but at 6'2" and 250 pounds likely translates to linebacker in the NFL. He said he's heard from some teams that he fits in as an inside linebacker because of his size, according to the Kennebec Journal Star.

The Dolphins and Rams have recently called the University looking for more information on Stevens. The 49ers, Facons, Lions and Calgary Stampeders attended his March 17th workout.

 

Conclusions:

The 49ers have been spotted or heard talking to almost every CB prospect not named Joe from the state of Florida.  Maybe Haden is scheduled for one of those rare and fabled 49ers visits.  I don't think a report has surfaced about his potential team visits.  Based on the number of reports I think it is fair to say the 49ers are drafting a CB, only question is who and what round.

The kick and punt returner circuit has been much publicized.  The 49ers seem to be weighing every possible option and judging by all the Mike Singletary appearances it is probably his pet project for the offseason.  I can only imagine what that conversation with Al Everest must have gone like at the end of the season, "{Site Decorum} you Al!  We'd have been in the playoffs if you returners didn't ruin the Seattle game, the Houston game and lost momentum in the Vikings game.  You're fired and take Arnaz Battle with you.  I'll go find a {site decorum} returner."

In contrast to the lack of 1st round potential draft pick activity the 49ers have certainly secured a lot of workouts with late round fodder.  How many late round picks do the 49ers have?  Is this a precursor to the 49ers trading back and securing a glut of 6th round picks? I see the potential in the listed players and must note the 49ers have been outstanding the last two drafts in finding late round players but would it be ok to work out some 1st - 4th round prospects?

There are seems to be a trend in the LB prospects, mainly blazing speed.  Whether the speed fascination is for special teams or whether once you go Patrick Willis speed you cannot go back it's definitely sunk in to the 49ers front office.

The Weatherspoon, Bryant and Clausen tidbits are interesting but its too soon to tell whether the 49ers link is mere noise or maybe some surprising and unsuspecting interest. At least they are great for speculation.

Based on the number of interviewed prospects it seems apparent the 49ers are targeting an OLB prospect in the middle rounds.  Expect see a CB taken in the 2nd or 3rd round and at least one OLB between the 3rd and 5th round.

 

Updates 4/19:  I don't imagine too many more workouts or visits being reported prior to the draft.  When I have time I'll construct a table on this data mapping out what prospects the 49ers have looked at along with what round in the draft the player is likely to get drafted.  Hopefully this could serve a quasi-49ers draft board to examine as the draft is taking place.

 

More Links:

If anyone else finds additional information or links about 49ers draft visits and interviews this could be a good post to consolidate them all.  It would be a good post draft study to look back and see if any these reports were able to forecast any actual 49ers draft picks or UDFA signings.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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