2014 NFL Draft: March 5th Pro Days

Thomas B. Shea

Pro days continue this afternoon with Arkansas, Central Michigan, Fordham, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin.

Pro days continue this afternoon with Arkansas, Central Michigan, Fordham, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin.

Arkansas center Travis Swanson is widely considered one of the top 3-4 centers available in this year's draft. At 6'5, 312lbs he certainly looks the part. Swanson is athletic enough while pulling in the run game, something the 49ers do frequently with both center and guard. Swanson could be on the 49ers' radar in the mid-rounds.

Speaking of big, nimble offensive linemen, Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson has impressed scouts thus far in the draft process and looks to be a solid day two pick (2nd/3rd round). Jackson is 6-4, 339lbs and recently showed off some decent athleticism at the combine with a 5.34-forty and 29" vertical leap. He also benched 225lbs 30 times demonstrating his power. A lot of what the 49ers do along the offensive line depends on how they feel about the future of Mike Iupati. If they want to find Iupati's replacement this year, Jackson could be considered.

Texas A&M has three prospects in this draft likely to get drafted. All three will go in the first round. QB Johnny Manziel and T Jake Matthews don't figure to be realistic landing spots for the 49ers. WR Mike Evans is only a possibility if the 49ers were to trade up. If that's the plan and the 49ers want to move up into the top half of the draft to grab a receiver it should be Evans. His ceiling his higher than any receiver in the draft and he'd provide an immediate red-zone and deep ball threat, something the 49ers have been missing for years.

WR Jared Abbrederis from Wisconsin is drawing a lot of comparisons to Green Bay's Jordy Nelson. Like Nelson, Abbrederis is a former walk-on that made a name for himself with his smart play, precise route running, and sneaky speed. He posted a solid 4.5-forty at the combine and measured at a healthy 6-1, 195lbs. The 49ers could take two receivers in this draft (depending on what happens in free agency) and a talented, smart receiver with great hands would be a steal in the 3rd round or later. My guess is he sneaks into the later part of round two or early round three.

Tomorrow's pro days include: Cincinnati, Clemson, Furman, Jackson State, Illinois, and Nebraska.

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