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The 49ers safety search continues. We look at the latest addition to the market.
The San Francisco 49ers safety search marches on following Louis Delmas' decision to re-sign with the Detroit Lions.
OL Chris Williams visits Carolina; safety Craig Dahl visits San Francisco— Howard Balzer (@HBalzer721) March 15, 2013
The 49ers spoke with Delmas, have had Charles Woodson in town, and were connected with Ed Reed, but nothing has happened yet. This reminds me a little bit of 2011 when the 49ers were connected with numerous cornerbacks before eventually working out a deal with Redskins free agent Carlos Rogers. I'm not saying this will work out the same way, but it seems similar in terms of the number of names involved.
Some Rams fans were less than thrilled with the idea of Dahl returning in 2013. Ryan Van Bibber from Turf Show Times is putting together a few thoughts on Dahl and I'll get them added in here as soon as I get them. For now, here are some thoughts from ESPN's Scouts Inc:
Dahl is a good-sized safety with solid fundamentals and above-average quickness, agility and body control along with adequate top end speed. He is a quick decision-maker and shows good route recognition as well as the ability to read the quarterback's eyes in coverage. He is very active and makes a lot of plays on effort and desire as well as instincts. He has adequate range from center field but understands angles and rarely lets himself get into trouble. He is a little stiff in the hips and looks a bit choppy in transition but will show a little burst to close on the ball after redirecting. He is a solid starter and won't hurt the secondary but isn't apt to come up with many dynamic plays.