Georgia and Stanford have pro days today, among other colleges. We take a look at notable prospects
Thursday, March 21 Pro Days: Boise State, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico State, Old Dominion, Stanford, Stony Brook, Temple, William & Mary
CB Jamar Taylor – Taylor ran a 4.39 forty at the combine to go along with 22 reps of 225 lbs. Taylor has shown his superior ability to those he covers and usually shuts them down. He could be an option for the 49ers in round two. If he played in a bigger conference, Taylor would probably be a first round draft choice. However, playing in the Mountain West Conference doesn't always help a player's stock.
Outside linebackers – Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree are both highly touted prospects who will be watched closely today, but for different reasons. Jones didn't participate in any combine drills, instead only meeting with teams. Jones will probably end up being a top ten pick, but he must have a solid pro day to seal the deal on that draft grade. Ogletree was arrested last month for drunk driving. He is a first round talent, but issues off the field have damaged his draft stock. A stellar showing for Ogletree will lessen any concern teams may have about his character, and ultimately give those teams reason to select him higher in the draft.
Safety Bacarri Rambo – Not only does Rambo have a cool last name, he also has the killer instincts of the Stallone movie character. Rambo has sixteen interceptions in his college career. Besides having impressive ball skills, Bacarri Rambo is physical and delivers big hits, making him a bargain pick in the third round.
Stanford is an interesting team to look at because the prospects were originally recruited and signed by Jim Harbaugh during his tenure as head coach of the Cardinal.
RB Stepfan Taylor – Before the combine, Taylor was more than likely going to be a third-round pick. Then Taylor ran a 4.76 forty at the combine, when most expected a time in the high 4.5-4.6 range. I expect Taylor to improve his forty time and boost his stock back up a bit. Stepfan did nothing but produce at Stanford, rushing for 1,000+ yards over three different seasons. While he isn't the most exciting back to watch, this is a game of inches, and Taylor seems to have a knack for moving the chains.
OLB Chase Thomas – Thomas is the embodiment of the "blue collar" player Jim Harbaugh always speaks of. Thomas doesn't do anything "flashy", but he does many things consistently and gets the job done. His 4.91 forty at the combine is one he will look to improve upon today. His best traits are defending the run and pass rushing, both of which he performs at an above average level. Chase Thomas will be a solid 3-4 linebacker in the pros.
TE Zach Ertz – Ertz could be the first tight end off the board come draft day, and I highly doubt he drops to the 31st pick of the 49ers. He comes from a pro scheme offense at Stanford, and should have a good transition from college to the NFL. Ertz is a good route-runner and can create mismatches in a heartbeat at 6'5".
TE Levine Toilolo – Toilolo will likely be a later round option. At 6'7" he can create mismatches just as Ertz can, but Toilolo is significantly less polished. He has been driven back by defenders in run blocking more often than should be the case. If he wants to have a career in the NFL, Toilolo must improve his blocking. He decided to forgo his senior season, so we aren't talking about a red-shirt senior prospect. Toilolo is young and probably would have become a second or third round choice if he decided to stay at Stanford. I believe he can be coached up nicely.