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Trent Baalke, Matt Malaspina represent 49ers at FSU-Louisville

The San Francisco 49ers were in attendance at Thursday's FSU-Louisville game. There were just a few college prospects playing that night!

Andy Lyons

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers were in action last night on Thursday Night Football, but we also had potentially the biggest Thursday college football game of the year. No. 2 Florida State went on the road to defeat No. 25 Louisville, 42-31. Louisville jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, and looked like they were ready to roll the Seminoles. However, FSU fought back in the second half and held on for the win. Louisville took a lead at the 9:20 mark in the fourth quarter, and had a chance for another lead late, but they could not get it done.

Given all the talent on display, it is no surprise that numerous NFL officials were on hand. Adam Schefter tweeted that nearly a dozen general managers were on hand. Trent Baalke was among those in attendance, although we already knew that from his radio segment earlier this week. He was also joined at the game by the 49ers Director of College Scouting, Matt Malaspina.

The 2015 NFL Draft is still six months away, but the 49ers scouting department is in overdrive getting their work done. There will be plenty of film to watch after the season, but scouts are criss-crossing the country getting first hand looks at as many prospects as they can.

Mel Kiper released his latest big board a couple days ago, and it featured two players last night, FSU quarterback Jameis Winston and Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker. ESPN's Scouts Inc folks have ranked out their top 185 prospects for the 2015 draft, and it includes (overall rank in parenthesis, * denote college-eligible non-senior):

Florida State
QB Jameis Winston (10)*
WR Rashad Greene (29)
CB Ronald Darby (44)*
DE Mario Edwards Jr (49)*
CB PJ Williams (56)*
OT Cameron Ervin (60)
TE Nick O'Leary (72)
RB Karlos Williams (80)
OG Josue Matias (84)
OG Tre Jackson (108)

WR DeVante Parker (18)
DE Lorenzo Mauldin (46)
OG Jamon Brown (111)
OG John Miller (117)
C Jake Smith (168)
RB Dominique Brown (178)