This week features a few low key Pro Days to start things off, but the 49ers are staying active with them. On Monday, there was a report that the team had a representative at the Central Arkansas Pro Day. Now, it looks like they had someone at the Colorad State-Pueblo Pro Day. Go ThunderWolves!
Below, we've got some video from Franco Mizzoli. I came across it in Matt Barrows' recent article about the 49ers interest in safeties. It shows an older gentleman in a 49ers pull-over. A quick google search on the workout reveals it is regional scout Scott Brown.
In this video, we see the person working with defensive tackle Mike Pennel. At CBS Sports, he is thrown in the mix with the rest of the projected undrafted free agents. At ESPN, he is listed at the top of the "rest of the pack", if you will. The link above about Brown is a Gil Brandt article briefly discussing the workout. About Pennel, he says:
Pennel, who has 32 5/8-inch arms, had a 27-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-8 broad jump. He stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, three-cone drill and bench press. Pennel was worked out in the field drills by San Francisco 49ers regional scout Scott Brown. Pennel might be a third-day draft selection or a priority free-agent pickup following the 2014 NFL Draft.
The most noteworthy thing about Pennel is that he started his career at Arizona State. It appears he ended up at CSU-Pueblo because of a pair of suspensions. While at Arizona State, he had a Twitter rant about playing time that eventually got him suspended. He says he has matured from that. Maybe he's the kind of guy who the 49ers grab late or as an undrafted free agent.
Pennel's NFL Combine profile provides some interesting comments about his strengths and weaknesses. It reads like a guy who is a big mass of a man that can stuff the run, but should not be expected to do much else. He weighed in at the Combine at 332 pounds, but it reads like he is a guy who carries more than that on game day. Here is how they look at his weaknesses:
Gets hung up on blocks too easily and can't split the double team. Plays flat-footed. Not initially quick or sudden to shoot gaps or make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Plays with limited knee bend and tends to stand tall. Could stand to do a better job protecting his legs. Did not dominate vs. lesser competition. Has been disciplined for not following rules and must prove committed.