NFL.com's Gil Brandt reported earlier this week that McNeese State tight end Nic Jacobs is set to conduct an official pre-draft visit with the San Francisco 49ers in the near future. Jacobs transferred to McNeese State for the 2013 season, after playing at LSU in 2011 and 2012. He was suspended by LSU for the final four games of the 2012 after breaking an unspecified team rule. Given the length of the suspension, one has to wonder the severity of the infraction.
Here's what Brandt had to say in discussing the news:
Jacobs ran the 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds with the wind and 4.86 seconds against the wind. He had a 35-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.72 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.40 seconds. He had a good positional workout. Jacobs has visits scheduled with the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
Based on all the scouting reports below, Jacobs sounds like a guy who is a willing blocker, but has a lot of room for improvement in that area. Generally speaking, he sounds like a third tight end with athleticism that needs to be rounded into form. For the most part, he sounds like a potential UDFA, or maaaaybe a late round pick.
He will be the second tight end brought in for a visit. The team brought in C.J. Fiedorowicz earlier this week. Fiedorowicz seems like more of a day two or early day three pick, while Jacobs is more of a flier type. The 49ers are fine with Vernon Davis, and Vance McDonald will get plenty of opportunities in year two. After those two, it seems almost a certainty that the 49ers will add some competition for the third tight end role. Garrett Celek is the favorite for the job, but I have to think they bring in someone late in the draft or as a UDFA to compete with Celek and Derek Carrier.
Here's a quick rundown of some of Jacobs' pertinent measurements from the Combine:
Weight: 269 lbs
Arm length: 34 1/8"