Yesterday was the annual NFL Supplemental Draft, and everybody passed on all six players. The same day that was happening (if nobody selects anybody, does it actually happen?!), another recent college player was getting to put on a free agency workout for NFL teams. Stony Brook offensive tackle Michael Bamiro put on a workout yesterday, and is likely going to be signing with a team soon. The 49ers were in attendance joining a reported 21 other teams to check out Bamiro.
This is news because due to a technicality, Bamiro skipped the draft and was declared a free agent. He had applied for an extra year of eligibility, but he did not find out in time for the regular NFL Draft. However, he was not allowed to enter the Supplemental Draft because he was not an underclassmen. This meant he became a free agent, and thus eligible to sign with any team.
Training camp is just around the corner, and while most 90-man rosters are just about set, teams are going to be willing to roll the dice on a guy like this down at the end of their roster. Bamiro stands 6'8, 344 pounds, and earned First Team All Big South honors in 2012. He has been training with former Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas, and it should surprise nobody that Bamiro's agent (former NFL offensive lineman Billy Conaty) has some praise for him:
"He's huge. He has hands twice the size of mine, and I'm 6-3," Conaty said. "The biggest thing teams love about him is he can bend well. At that size, being able to bend well and redirect is huge. His ceiling is a lot higher than most people's."
An unnamed NFC personnel director had this to say last week:
"He's a (good) prospect. Good size and ability. He'd probably be a fifth- or sixth-round pick, though I don't know how much tape people have watched of him."
Finally, a quick scouting report from Draft TV's Shane Hallam, via Field Gulls:
"He's a player that I had a fifth or sixth round grade on, and I think that could have been bumped up to a fourth round grade with a great year (next year). You may remember Miguel Maysonet, who was an undrafted free agent that went to the Eagles, running back from Stony Brook, he really ran behind Bamiro. And, when you watch, it's right side, right side, right side, and he's a big guy, 6'8, 335 pounds - he can move pretty well, awesome upper- and lower-body strength, just moving players off of the line of scrimmage, so I think he's a very good developmental right tackle."
The 49ers have their starting offensive tackles in place, but there are still plenty of question marks at swing tackle. Adam Snyder will likely compete with Kenny Wiggins and Carter Bykowski, but none of those three is anything remotely resembling a lock for a roster spot. I think Snyder has the early advantage as a veteran, but what's to stop the 49ers from signing Bamiro and throwing him in the competition?
There are plenty of other teams out there looking for help at offensive tackle, but Bamiro could find himself with a decent opportunity at a roster spot with the 49ers.