2013 NFL Draft: 49ers visited with S Jahleel Addae

Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

We take a look at a recent visit the 49ers hosted with safety Jahleel Addae.

Ravens beat writer and general NFL insider Aaron Wilson is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers visited with Central Michigan safety Jahleel Addae. There is no word on when the visit occurred, although I believe it would have been before this past Wednesday as that was the last day for teams to host players.

Per Wilson, Addae was a three-year starter and is considered one of the best defensive players in the MAC. This past year he intercepted four passes and had 89 tackles. He was named second team All-MAC, a year after being named first team All-MAC. He played in the East-West Shrine Game, but did not take part in the NFL Combine. At the Central Michigan Pro Day, Addae measured in at 5'10, 195 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds.

I did some scouring around the Internet as I knew nothing of Addae before reading this news. There was a lot of preview content surrounding the Shrine Game, and I think two pieces stand out. The Tampa Bay Times had an extensive feature on Addae that is worth reading.

Also, our friends at Bleeding Green Nation had an extensive Shrine Game preview in which author Dan Klausner extolled the virtues of Addae. Klausner described Addae as a hard hitter. While Addae is listed as a strong safety, Klausner thinks he showed some positive signs in coverage, and had surprisingly good ball skills. Here are a few of this thoughts on Addae. I recommend reading the whole thing over in his Shrine Game preview.

The first time I ever got to see Addae play was the Little Caesars Bowl versus Western Kentucky, and he impressed the hell out of me with his versatility, physicality and intelligence -- knew game situations, had a calming influence, orchestrated the defense pre-snap. Lined up all over the formation; was no doubt the captain and emotional leader of that unit. Addae's awareness and heads up ability both stood out, and the plays that cemented me as a believer came back-to-back halfway through the 4th quarter in the Little Caesars Bowl. Fast forward to 2:02:33 of this clip and watch. That's Addae, recognizing the screen at the snap, deftly shedding a would-be blocker and tripping up the RB at the line of scrimmage. Then it's Addae again on the punt block, tracking and hustling after the play to fall on the fumble, which would've been a first down for Western Kentucky had they recovered since Central Michigan players touched the ball.
......
What makes Addae different, however, is that he's ... typically a disciplined and dependable tackler. Combine that with how well fast he closes (which you can also see on display when he blitzes), and you have a disruptive force who makes plays all over the field.

The 49ers front office always finds a way to surprise us with some of their picks. The 49ers need depth at safety. That being said, while free safety seems more pressing, strong safety should be on the radar in terms of long-term options. Addae could potentially be a guy who can contribute on special teams right away, and then work his way into the safety rotation in some form or fashion. We'll see.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Join Niners Nation

You must be a member of Niners Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Niners Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker