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Scouting 49ers scouts: College games the team attended Week 11

Niners Nation highlights and profiles the 2016 NFL draft-eligible prospects from college football games 49ers' scouts attended during Week 11.

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We are continuing our weekly series, Scouting 49ers' Scouts, where each week we will highlight some of the draft-eligible players from the games 49ers' scouts were credentialed. The Internet, and Twitter in particular, provide some insight into where NFL teams are sending scouts for college football games. We will likely never know the full list of games, but it does give us some insight.

Thanks to the folks at's College Football 24/7, we have a look at some of the Week 11 action where 49ers' scouts were credentialed to attend.

Week 11

Oklahoma vs. Baylor

The 49ers were 1 of 5 teams in attendance for the Oklahoma vs. Baylor match-up. Oklahoma has one offensive player 49ers' scouts are likely targeting in WR Sterling Shepard, No. 3.

WR Sterling Shepard is a dynamic explosive wide receiver with excellent quickness and great speed. Although Shepard is only 5'10", he showcases superb ball skills, strong reliable hands, and a toughness to his game. Shepard displays great route running, explosion off the line of scrimmage, tremendous change of direction skills, fluidity, the straight line speed to take the top off coverages, and the short area quickness and terrific balance to gain separation selling routes with his impressive foot speed. A slot receiver at the next level, Shepard also bestows great vision, which gives him extra value in the return game. Shepard's stats ten games in: 61 receptions, 1,003 yards, averaging 16.4 yards per reception, and 9 touchdowns.

Oklahoma has three defensive prospects scouts for the 49ers are likely targeting in DE Charles Tapper, No. 91; OLB Eric Striker, No. 19; and ILB Dominique Alexander, No. 1.

DE Charles Tapper brings an excellent combination of size (6'4"), speed, length, and strength. The former standout high school basketball star began playing football his junior year of high school, where he was a quick study and has shown continued growth to his game. Although he will not display amazing quickness coming off the edge, Tapper showcases great strength at the point of attack with heavy hands, excellent at setting the edge, great power in collapsing the pocket, impressive foot quickness in navigating through the trash, uses his length well with solid upper body strength keeping lineman away from his chest, and a solid motor. Tapper would be an ideal five-technique in the 49ers 3-4 defensive scheme. Tapper's stats ten games in: 38 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 pass deflections, and 3 forced fumbles. Tapper will showcase his talent at the Senior Bowl.

OLB Eric Striker is a rangy player with great quickness and excellent closing speed coming off the edge. A pure disrupter, Striker has shown improved instincts, discipline to his game, and solid coverage skills. One glaring weakness to Striker's game is his lack of ideal size (6'0" - 223 lbs.), length, and strength for the position. Sticker does possess versatility to his game, but he heavily relies on his quick burst off the line of scrimmage, athleticism, speed, and agility to overwhelm off the edge, getting swallowed up easily when an offensive lineman gets his hands on him. Striker's stats ten games in: 49 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 forced fumble.

ILB Dominique Alexander, a junior, is another undersized linebacker for Oklahoma. At 6'0", Alexander shows impressive sideline-to-sideline range, excellent run and chase skills, sound awareness, and is a solid reliable tackler, but will need to build up strength for the next level in order to avoid losing battles against stout offensive lineman. Alexander's stats ten games in: 83 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 1 pass deflection.

* = indicates junior status
** = indicates redshirt sophomore status


WR Sterling Shepard, No. 3, 5'10 - 192 lbs., 4.52 40 - (3rd)
WR Durron Neal, No. 5, 5'11 - 195 lbs., 4.53 40 - (UFA)
OG Nila Kasitati, No. 54, 6'4 - 315 lbs., 5.35 40 - (UFA)
C Ty Darlington, No. 56, 6'2 - 299 lbs., 5.15 40 - (UFA)
DE Charles Tapper, No. 91, 6'4 - 283 lbs., 4.87 40 - (3rd-4th) Senior Bowl invite.
OLB Eric Striker, No. 19, 6'0 - 223 lbs., 4.68 40 - (4th)
OLB Devante Bond, No. 23, 6'1 - 236 lbs., 4.76 40 - (UFA)
ILB *Dominique Alexander, No. 1, 6'0 - 230 lbs., 4.64 40 - (3rd)

Baylor is highlighting several intriguing draft prospects definitely worth keeping an eye on. On the offensive side of the ball there are three prospects 49ers' scouts are likely targeting in RB Shock Linwood, No. 32; WR Corey Coleman, No. 1; and OT Spencer Drango, No. 58.

Other than an impressive first name, RB Shock Linwood displays amazing speed, quickness, burst, agility, and athleticism. Shock, a junior, is undersized at 5'8", but brings great power behind his pads and stays low to the ground showcasing good vision, impressive cuts, and the burst and speed to pull away from defenders. Linwood's stats nine games in: 155 rushes for 1,149 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per carry with 9 touchdowns, 8 receptions for 56 yards, averaging 7 yards per reception with 1 touchdown.

WR Corey Coleman, a junior, is one of the top deep threats in the nation. Although Coleman is only 5'10", his elite speed (4.38 40), joy stick agility, ball skills, and athleticism are fantastic. His athleticism is off the charts with an amazing 45-inch vertical, 11-foot-3-inch broad jump, and a solid 6.62 seconds in the three-come drill (change of direction, explosion, and lateral agility). In 2014, Coleman finished up the season with 64 receptions, 1,119 yards, averaging 17.5 yards, and 11 TD catches. In nine games into the 2015 season, Coleman is at 61 receptions, 1,229 yards, averaging 20.1 yards per reception, and 20 touchdown catches.

OT Spencer Drango showcases great size (6'6" - 310 lbs.), length, agility, power, good technique, and sound awareness. Although not overly athletic, Drango displays impressive foot quickness, patience, and hand usage in pass protection, as well as being an aggressive mauler driving defenders in the run game. Drango, the three-time Academic All-Big 12 Honoree, is likely to be kicked in at guard at the next level.

On the defensive side of the ball there are two players 49ers' scouts are likely targeting in DT Andrew Billings, No. 75 and DE Shawn Oakman, No. 2.

DT Andrew Billings, a junior, is a high-motor tenacious athlete with tremendous power to his game. A weight room phenom (805 lbs. squat, 500 lbs. bench press, and 705 lbs. deadlift), Billings harnesses his strength to collapse the pocket and showcases impressive quickness. Billings would make a great nose guard in the 49ers' scheme as a stout run defender in the middle easily capable of occupying blocks and providing the quickness and speed to be extremely disruptive in the backfield. Billings' stats seven games in: 26 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 1.5 sack, and 1 forced fumble.

DE Shawn Oakman is an eye-popping jaw-dropping humongous athlete coming in at 6'9" - 280 pounds. Besides the obvious size and strength Oakman bestows, he also showcases tremendous length, quickness, burst, agility, and power. A physical terror on the field, Oakman uses great burst off the line of scrimmage, quickly engages offensive lineman with aggressive and violent hands, and utilizes his amazing arm length to gain separation. Although he has very good speed, Oakman relies heavily on his power and agility to get into the backfield. A disruptive force, he showcases a high motor and an aggressive style of play. Oakman is an ideal 3-4 defensive end in the 49ers' scheme, but his continued growth and foot speed could make him more versatile. Oakman's stats eight games in: 31 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 2 force fumbles.


RB *Shock Linwood, No. 32, 5'8 - 195 lbs., 4.44 40 - (6th)
WR *Corey Coleman, No. 1, 5'10 - 190 lbs., 4.38 40 - (1st-2nd)
WR Jay Lee, No. 4, 6'2 - 215 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UFA) Senior Bowl invite.
TE LaQuan McGowan, No. 80, 6'6 - 392 lbs., 5.57 40 - (UFA)
OT Pat Colbert, No. 69, 6'5 - 305 lbs., 5.27 40 - (UFA)
OT Spencer Drango, No. 58, 6'6 - 310 lbs., 5.14 40 - (1st-2nd) Had back surgery November 2013.
OG Blake Muir, No. 73, 6'5 - 310 lbs., 5.26 40 - (UFA) Transfer from Hawaii.
OG Jarell Broxton, No. 61, 6'4 - 330 lbs., 5.43 40 - (UFA)
DT *Andrew Billings, No. 75, 6'1 - 300 lbs., 5.04 40 - (1st)
DT Beau Blackshear, No. 95, 6'3 - 300 lbs., 5.19 40 - (UFA)
DE Shawn Oakman, No. 2, 6'9 - 280 lbs., 4.88 40 - (2nd) Dismissed from Penn State for violation of team rules. Suspend first game in 2015 for a violation of team rules.
DE Jamal Palmer, No. 92, 6'2 - 240 lbs., 4.78 40 - (UFA)
CB Terrell Burt, No. 13, 5'10 - 185 lbs., 4.52 40 - (UFA)

Arkansas vs. LSU

The 49ers were 1 of 4 teams in attendance for the Arkansas vs. LSU match-up. Arkansas is showcasing four offensive draft-eligible prospects 49ers' scouts are likely targeting in RB Jonathan Williams, No. 32; TE Hunter Henry, No. 84; OT Denver Kirkland, No. 55; and OG Sebastian Tretola, No. 73.

RB Jonathan Williams is out for the season suffering a foot injury prior to the start of the season, but Williams did receive a Senior Bowl invitation recently, so look for him to be good to go leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft. Williams is a thick-built one-gear type running back displaying nice overall quickness, great vision, patience, excellent pad level, good fluidity, impressive lateral burst, quick feet, and solid speed. Williams also bestows reliable soft hands, adequate route running, and is a solid blocker. Williams 2014 stats: 211 rushes, 1,190 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, 12 touchdowns, 11 receptions, 65 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per reception, and 2 touchdowns.

TE Hunter Henry, a junior, is one of the most talented tight ends in the country. Henry is a true dual-threat tight end showcasing an impressive skill-set as an in-line blocker and an extremely reliable option in the passing game. He is solid at the point of attack, eagerly engaging defenders with quality blocking fundamentals. Coming from a spread offense in high school, Henry has adapted quite well in sticking his hand in the dirt and excelling, a trait the NFL will absolutely love. A quarterbacks best friend, Henry has a knack for getting himself open in the middle of the field with solid route running, sound awareness, great body control, reliable hands he extends to pluck balls out of the air, impressive catch radius, and the willingness to take the big hits in traffic making the tough grab. Shows good athleticism and the ideal NFL frame for the position. Henry's stats ten games in: 37 receptions, 490 yards, averaging 13.2 yards per reception, and 1 touchdown.

OT Denver Kirkland, a junior, is a humongous offensive tackle at 6'5" - 343 pounds. A true human road grader, Kirkland bestows good size, strength, athleticism, instincts, and speed. Very powerful and strong mauler type offensive tackle, Kirkland plays with the nastiness of an offensive guard (was a right guard in 2014). Kirkland excels in run-blocking quickly engaging and mauling his way riding defenders with explosion and power. He shows a good anchor with nice lateral movement and solid footwork in pass protection. He has a heavy and powerful punch that jolts defenders, and shows good technique (very well coached). Kirkland has the versatility to play tackle and guard, but is a likely candidate to excel as a guard at the next level.

OG Sebastian Tretola is another massive offensive lineman with good size (6'5" - 334 lbs.), strength, athleticism, instincts, and speed. Another true human road grader, Tretola brings tremendous power and a strong base, excelling in the run game driving defenders from the action. Coached by a great offensive line coach in Sam Pittman, Tretola has shown improvement in his game and will best fit in a power-based run scheme at the next level. Tretola is also known for his impressive trick play in 2014, when he motioned from the guard position to shotgun and threw a pass with amazing touch for a touchdown.


QB Brandon Allen, No. 10, 6'2 - 210 lbs., 4.87 40 - (UFA)
RB Jonathan Williams, No. 32, 5'11 - 224 lbs., 4.56 40 - (4th) Out for 2015 with left foot injury suffered August 2015. Will have screw placed in foot. Received invitation to the Senior Bowl.
TE *Hunter Henry, No. 84, 6'5 - 253 lbs., 4.79 40 - (2nd)
OT *Denver Kirkland, No. 55, 6'5 - 343 lbs., 5.47 40 - (3rd)
OG Sebastian Tretola, No. 73, 6'5 - 334 lbs., 5.37 40 - (4th)
C Mitch Smothers, No. 65, 6'3 - 315 lbs., 5.37 40 - (UFA)
DT DeMarcus Hodge, No. 93, 6'0 - 340 lbs., 5.07 40 - (UFA)
SS Rohan Gaines, No. 26, 5'11 - 195 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UFA)

49ers' scouts are likely targeting two offensive prospects for LSU in WR Travin Dural, No. 83 and RT Vadal Alexander, No. 74.

WR Travin Dural, a junior, is a vertical threat downfield showcasing an impressive combination of size (6'2" - 192 lbs.), speed (sub 4.4 40), and athleticism. Although LSU is not a pass-happy offense, Dural showcases, reliable hands, solid ball skills, excellent burst and acceleration after the catch, and a willingness to block on the edges. 49ers wide receiver coach, Adam Henry, has some experience with Dural, and we know how instrumental Henry was in coaching Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Dural's stats nine games in: 28 receptions, 533 yards, averaging 19 yards per reception, and 3 touchdowns.

RT Vadal Alexander, No. 74, a likely guard at the next level, showcases an excellent combination of size, strength, very long arms, athleticism, and instincts. A true mauler and road grader, Alexander is very powerful athlete that plays with a nastiness. He is an exceptional run blocker, quickly engages opponents and mauls his way driving defenders with explosion and power. Shows good technique, anchors well, nice lateral movement and decent footwork in pass protection, and has a heavy and powerful punch that jolts defenders.

LSU is showcasing four defensive players the 49ers are likely keeping an eye on in OLB Deion Jones, No. 45; ILB Kendell Beckwith, No. 52; CB Tre'Davious White, No. 16; and FS Jalen Mills, No. 28.

OLB Deion Jones is an explosive athlete with excellent range, great speed, quickness, agility, balance, flexibility, change of direction skills, and burst. Showcases impressive sideline-to-sideline ability covering a lot of ground with excellent speed, agility, and quickness, Jones is good as a run and chase linebacker with solid explosion and great tackling. Jones plays with a physical presence, he is also very good in coverage showing sound awareness and instincts, and great burst with closing speed. Jones stats eight games in: 55 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 1 pass deflection.

ILB Kendell Beckwith, a junior, is an amazing sideline-to-sideline athlete with great size, speed, instincts, and explosion. A thumper in the middle, Beckwith is a sound tackler bringing a physicalness at the point of attack, shows patience and explodes as a playmaker, and power to be a force between the tackles. Beckwith's stats eight games in: 56 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble.

CB Tre'Davious White, a junior, is a top corner prospect with great ball skills, fluidity, and awareness. Playing very well with his back against the ball, White displays solid covering skills and tracks the ball quite well. He also brings value in the return game. White's stats eight games in: 24 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 pass deflection.

FS Jalen Mills is coming back from a fractured fibula he suffered back in August of 2015. Mills displays a great combination of size (6'1"), speed, and athleticism with the fluidity, range, and versatility to play outside on the boundary, in the slot, and in the middle. Mills plays with a physicality in coverage and shows great awareness in space. He will need to improve in run support, because he has a tendency to take poor angles. Mills stats three games in: 18 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, and 1 pass deflection.


WR *Travin Dural, No. 83, 6'2 - 192 lbs., 4.4's 40 - (2nd-3rd) Rescued female from overturned vehicle on July 30, 2015.
TE Dillon Gordon, No. 85, 6'4 - 295 lbs., 4.94 40 - (UFA) Out for the season with a left Achilles tendon injury. Could qualify for a medical redshirt.
OT Jonah Austin, No. 71, 6'5 - 330 lbs., 5.35 40 - (UFA)
OG Vadal Alexander, No. 74, 6'5 - 326 lbs., 5.39 40 - (1st)
DT Quentin Thomas, No. 95, 6'3 - 303 lbs., 5.08 40 - (UFA)
OLB Lamar Lois, No. 11, 5'11 - 229 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UFA)
OLB Deion Jones, No. 45, 6'1 - 227 lbs., 4.53 40 - (4th-5th)
ILB *Kendell Beckwith, No. 52, 6'2 - 245 lbs., 4.73 40 - (2nd)
CB *Tre'Davious White, No. 16, 5'11 - 191 lbs., 4.48 40 - (1st)
FS Jalen Mills, No. 28, 6'1 - 193 lbs., 4.56 40 - (3rd-4th) Coming off August 2015 leg (fractured fibula) injury. Out 4-6 weeks.
P Jamie Keehn, No. 38, 6'3 - 220 lbs., 4.97 40 - (7th-UFA)
LS Reid Ferguson, No. 50, 6'1 - 236 lbs., 5.03 40 - (UFA)

North Carolina State vs. Florida State

The 49ers were 1 of 10 teams in attendance for the North Carolina State vs. Florida State match-up. NC State is showcasing one draft-eligible prospects the 49ers are likely targeting in QB Jacoby Brissett, No. 12.

QB Jacoby Brissett showcases an excellent combination of size (6'4" - 235 lbs.), speed, and athleticism with a big arm capable of making all NFL level throws, patience, good pocket presence with excellent vision and awareness, superb mobility, and improving accuracy. Brissett shows efficiency going through all his reads, quality movement within the pocket to find open lanes, and elusiveness to avoid defenders and continue making plays outside of the pocket utilizing his strong arm throwing accurately on the run, or his powerful legs as a runner with his ideal size and speed. Brissett will need to continue to improve upon his overall consistency, but possesses the prototypical NFL size, arm, and mobility garnishing him a strong opportunity to be selected early in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brissett's stats ten games in: 187/297 with a 63% completion percentage, 2,007 yards, 15/2 touchdown to interception ratio, 86 rushes, 166 yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns.

Other NC State players to keep an eye on are: OT Joe Thuney, No. 54; CB Juston Burris, No. 11; and FS Hakim Jones, No. 20.

North Carolina State

QB Jacoby Brissett, No. 12, 6'4 - 235 lbs., 4.76 40 - (3rd-4th) Transfer from Florida.
RB Shadrach Thornton, No. 10, 6'0 - 218 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UFA) Dismissed from school on 10/3/15. Dismissed due to recent arrest and several previous infractions. It was Thornton's third suspension.
OT Joe Thuney, No. 54, 6'4 - 295 lbs., 5.21 40 - (7th-UFA)
OG Alex Barr, No. 71, 6'7 - 318 lbs., 5.41 40 - (UFA)
C Quinton Schooley, No. 60, 6'3 - 298 lbs., 5.27 40 - (UFA)
DE Mike Rose, No. 90, 6'3 - 276 lbs., 4.88 40 - (UFA)
CB Juston Burris, No. 11, 6'0 - 207 lbs., 4.58 40 - (7th-UFA)
FS Hakim Jones, No. 20, 6'1 - 205 lbs., 4.63 40 - (7th-UFA)

Florida State has a few draft-eligible prospects but one in particular is definitely a highly regarded player in junior CB Jalen Ramsey, No. 8.

CB Jalen Ramsey is an absolute playmaker with the ideal combination of size (6'1"), speed, and athleticism. He is a physical defender bringing toughness and aggressiveness in run support, impressive blitzer off the edge, and an excellent tackler. Ramsey's size and fluidity makes him a great match-up in coverage, where he can utilize his length and aggressiveness in press, and solid instincts and awareness with a great burst in zone. The shut-down corner also shows impressive versatility to play the boundary, slot, and the safety position. Ramsey, a sure fire first rounder, will likely be one of the top cornerbacks selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. Ramsey's stats ten games in: 39 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 9 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery.

DT Nile Lawrence-Stample, No. 99, is a run stuffer with great power and leverage at the point of attack and is very difficult to move off his spot. Lawrence-Stample also possess impressive foot quickness, showing nice lateral movement, solid short area quickness causing havoc in collapsing the pocket and has the sneaky athleticism to beat offensive lineman one-on-one. The plugging run stuffer and gap occupier is best suited as a nose guard in the 49ers 3-4 defensive scheme. Lawrence-Stample's stats nine games in: 27 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 1 pass deflection.

K Roberto Aguayo, No. 19, a junior, is one of the top kicking draft-eligible prospects in a very long time. Also known as, "Mr. Perfect", the former soccer player and 2013 Lou Groza Award Winner (Best Kicker) and All-American Honors in 2014 is a perfectionist with a very strong work ethic and could very likely be a top 100 prospect. Aguayo is in a down year in comparison to years prior, currently kicking a field goal percentage of a meager 81%, where he was kicking at 90% in 2014 and 96% in 2013. For the first time in Aguayo's career, he has missed consecutive field goal attempts and is currently in a slump. If he is able to return to form, his confidence should help improve his game.

Other notable Florida State players to keep an eye on are: OLB Terrance Smith, No. 24; ILB Reggie Northrup, No. 5; and DT Derrick Mitchell Jr., No. 11.

Florida State

QB Everett Golson, No. 6, 5'11 - 200 lbs., 4.73 40 - (UFA) Transfer from Notre Dame. Missed the 2013 season at Notre Dame due to academic violation.
DT Nile Lawrence-Stample, No. 99, 6'1 - 302 lbs., 5.24 40 - (5th)
DT Derrick Mitchell Jr., No. 11, 6'3 - 307 lbs., 5.02 40 - (7th-UFA)
OLB Terrance Smith, No. 24, 6'3 - 232 lbs., 4.64 40 - (5th-6th)
ILB Reggie Northrup, No. 5, 6'1 - 226 lbs. 4.73 40 - (7th-UFA) Coming off January 2014 knee (ACL) injury.
CB *Jalen Ramsey, No. 8, 6'1 - 202 lbs., 4.49 40 - (1st)
FS Lamarcus Brutus, No. 42, 6'0 - 208 lbs., 4.66 40 - (UFA)
SS Tyler Hunter, No. 1, 5'11 - 205 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UFA)
K *Roberto Aguayo, No. 19, 6'1 - 205 lbs., 4.96 40 - (3rd)
P Cason Beatty, No. 38, 6'3 - 224 lbs., 5.12 40 - (UFA)

Alabama vs. Mississippi State

The 49ers were 1 of 3 teams in attendance for the Alabama vs. Mississippi match-up. Alabama is loaded with draft-eligible talent, specifically on the defensive side of the ball, where the 49ers' scouts are likely targeting DT A'Shawn Robinson, No. 86; DT Jarran Reed, No. 90; DE Jonathan Allen, No. 93; ILB Reggie Ragland, No. 19; and CB Cyrus Jones, No. 5.

DT A'Shawn Robinson, a junior, is a very strong long-armed defender with great size, length, power, and athleticism. A large stout run stuffer, Robinson showcases power at the point of attack, capable of handling two-gaps, great in collapsing the pocket, has sound awareness to stop ball carriers next to him utilizing good hand technique (great power in hands) stacking and shedding, and plays with good leverage and power with a high motor chasing down ball carriers. Has quick feet with balance to navigate through the trash. Versatility to play NT in a 3-4, as well as the 5-technique. Highly intelligent player. Robinson's stats ten games in: 34 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery.

DT Jarran Reed is another very strong long-armed defender with terrific size (6'4"), length, power, and athleticism. Reed is very similar to Robinson's skill-set, but also possesses great lateral agility navigating impressively through the trash. The space-eater two-gap defender is extremely stout against the run and displays great quickness for a man his size. Reed's stats ten games in: 45 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery.

While Robinson and Reed are the space-eaters in the middle, junior DE Jonathan Allen showcases amazing athleticism and power with impressive quickness and technique wreaking havoc in backfields as an up-field disrupter. Allen displays great burst off the line of scrimmage, quick, heavy, and violent punch at the point of attack, sound leverage utilizing great length, excels at converting speed to power, and the versatility to be disruptive from the inside and off the edge. Allen's stats ten games in: 25 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 3 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.

ILB Reggie Ragland is a superb downhill plugger type of linebacker with a terrific combination of size (6'2" - 252 lbs.), physicality, and strength. Ragland is a fierce tackler, easily takes on bigger blockers with solid stacking and shedding technique, impressive sideline-to-sideline capabilities, and very skilled coming off the edge. He also brings value on special teams. Ragland's stats 82 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 5 pass deflections, and 2 forced fumbles.

CB Cyrus Jones is a former wide receiver converted to corner with excellent athleticism, speed, strength, and fluidity. Still pretty raw at the position, Jones has shown improvement in his instincts and ball skills, excellent quickness and speed, and plays with an intense physicalness. A bit undersized at 5'10, Jones plays bigger than his size and continuously has the confidence to back up his game. Jones also brings value in the return game.

On the offensive side of the ball, Alabama showcases four prospects to keep an eye on in RB Derrick Henry, No. 2 and TE O.J. Howard, No. 88.

RB Derrick Henry, a junior, is a powerful downhill running back with excellent size (6'3" - 238 lbs.), speed, quickness, and strength. Henry's displays solid vision, quick feet, impressive nimbleness, and the speed to run away from defenders. A bulldozer of a man, Henry runs with tremendous power behind his pads, and with continued momentum, punishes tacklers with authority. Henry's stats ten games in: 240 rushes, 1,458 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry, and 19 touchdowns.

TE O.J. Howard is a mismatch in the middle of the field displaying an impressive combination of size (6'6" - 242 lbs.), speed, athleticism, and strength (benches 405 pounds and squats 500 pounds). A dangerous receiving weapon in the middle of the field, Howard can easily take advantage of defenses with his 4.59 speed up the seem and his impressive length and athleticism. Along with good catching and great YAC ability, his blocking has been steadily improving as well. Howard's stats nine games in: 29 receptions, 323 yards, and averaging 11.1 yards per reception.

Other Alabama players of note are: RB Kenyan Drake, No. 17; C Ryan Kelly, No. 70; OLB Denzel Devall, No. 30; and OLB Dillon Lee, No. 25.


QB Jake Coker, No. 14, 6'5 - 232 lbs., 5.12 40 - (UFA) Grad Transfer from Florida State.
RB *Derrick Henry, No. 2, 6'3 - 242 lbs., 4.54 40 - (2nd)
RB Kenyan Drake, No. 17, 6'0 - 210 lbs., 4.49 40 - (3rd) Out for several weeks with a fractured arm suffered November 2015. Broken left leg October 2014.
TE *O.J. Howard, No. 88, 6'6 - 242 lbs., 4.59 40 - (2nd)
OT Dominick Jackson, No. 76, 6'6 - 315 lbs., 5.38 40 - (UFA)
C Ryan Kelly, No. 70, 6'4 - 297 lbs., 5.23 40 - (4th-5th) Coming off October 2014 knee injury.
DT *A'Shawn Robinson, No. 86, 6'3 - 312 lbs., 5.18 40 - (1st)
DT Jarran Reed, No. 90, 6'4 - 313 lbs., 5.14 40 - (1st-2nd)
DE *Jonathan Allen, No. 93, 6'3 - 272 lbs., 4.73 40 - (2nd)
DE D.J. Pettway, No. 57, 6'2 - 270 lbs., 4.98 40 - (UFA)
OLB Denzel Devall, No. 30, 6'2 - 252 lbs., 4.77 40 - (7th-UFA)
OLB Dillon Lee , No. 25, 6'3 - 242 lbs., 4.73 40 - (7th-UFA)
ILB Reggie Ragland, No. 19, 6'2 - 252 lbs., 4.72 40 - (1st)
CB Cyrus Jones, No. 5, 5'10 - 196 lbs., 4.45 40 - (4th-5th)
FS Geno Matias-Smith, No. 24, 6'0 - 196 lbs., 4.64 40 - (UFA)

Mississippi State has three defensive weapons 49ers' scouts are likely targeting in junior DT Chris Jones, No. 96; CB Will Redmond, No. 2; and CB Taveze Calhoun, No. 23.

DT Chris Jones showcases an impressive combination of size (6'5" - 308 lbs.), quickness, strength, and athleticism. Jones, a former basketball star, is looking to have a breakout season as a starter replacing last years' phenom, Preston Smith. Jones is a raw athlete with amazing power in his game, impressive quickness for a man his size, shows good penetration with quickness and power, and a stout base stacking and shedding with good awareness and instincts. Jones is a good fit as a 3-4 defensive end in the 49ers scheme, as well as having the versatility to play nose guard. Jones' stats nine games in: 27 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 1 pass deflection.

CB Will Redmond displays elite speed (4.38 40), athleticism, and plays physical with good coverage and ball skills, and brings value in the return game. He needs to improve his tackling and consistency. A naturally gifted athlete, Redmond shows nice hip fluidity, solid awareness and instincts, and utilizes his elite speed to stay on the receiver's hip pocket. Unfortunately, a few weeks back, Redmond tore his ACL and is out for the rest of the season. Redmond is a #BaalkeDelight candidate. Redmond's stats six games in: 20 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 pass deflection.

CB Taveze Calhoun brings a good combination of size (6'1"), speed, toughness, and athleticism. A thumper as a corner, Calhoun displays his physicalness in run support and shows good patience and instincts in coverage. Calhoun also has underrated ball skills, has a nose for the ball, and brings value on special teams. Calhoun stats eight games in: 27 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass deflections.

Two other Mississippi State players on the offensive side of the ball worth noting are QB Dak Prescott, No. 15 and junior WR De'Runnya Wilson, No. 1.

QB Dak Prescott is a solid mobile quarterback with an improved game in the pocket. He shows good awareness and the capability to go through his progressions, but also explodes out of the pocket using his agility and athleticism to be a playmaker on the field. Prescott displays a good strong arm, nice touch on his throws, patience in the pocket, and is a dual-threat playmaker. Prescott's stats ten games in: 222/343 with a 64.7% completion percentage, 2,651 yards, and an 18/2 touchdown to interception ratio.

WR De'Runnya Wilson displays a nice combination of size (6'4" - 225 lbs. - Hello Red Zone target), length, athleticism, and physicality. Wilson displays toughness as a blocker and is a good pass catching possession type receiver. He needs to become more consistent in his overall game, mainly in contested catches, in order to be considered a high draft pick. Wilson's stats ten games in: 39 receptions, 651 yards, averaging 16.7 yards per reception, and 8 touchdowns.

Mississippi State

QB Dak Prescott, No. 15, 6'2 - 230 lbs., 4.72 40 - (3rd-4th)
WR *De'Runnya Wilson, No. 1, 6'4 - 225 lbs., 4.64 40 - (2nd-3rd) Arrested March 2015 with possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.
TE Darrion Hutcherson, No. 84, 6'6 - 260 lbs., 4.86 40 - (UFA)
OG Justin Malone, No. 70, 6'6 - 320 lbs., 5.37 40 - (UFA)
DT *Chris Jones, No. 96, 6'5 - 308 lbs., 5.12 40 - (2nd-3rd)
DE Ryan Brown, No. 48, 6'6 - 262 lbs., 4.92 40 - (UFA)
CB Will Redmond, No. 2, 6'0 - 185 lbs., 4.45 40 - (2nd-3rd) Out for the year with a torn ACL.
CB Taveze Calhoun, No. 23, 6'1 - 185 lbs., 4.53 40 - (4th-5th)
FS Kendrick Market, No. 26, 5'10 - 188 lbs., - (UFA) Out for the year with a torn ACL.

Oregon vs. Stanford

The 49ers were 1 of 8 teams in attendance for the Oregon vs. Stanford match-up. Oregon is showcasing an impressive wide receiver to keep an eye on in WR Bralon Addison, No. 2. Addison, a junior, is coming off a 2014 injury tearing his ACL on his left knee, but he is poised to continue his impressive playmaking skills showcasing his elite speed and explosion. The 5'10" Addison has video game-like movement and has been considered a Brandin Cooks clone. He also brings value in the return game. Addison's stats ten games in: 45 receptions, 564 yards, averaging 12.5 yards per reception, and 6 touchdowns.

Another Oregon Duck poised to make a return from an injury plagued season is OT Tyler Johnstone, No. 64. Johnstone is coming off tearing his ACL on his right knee twice in two consecutive seasons. Nevertheless, the left tackle displays a great combination of size (6'6" - 295 lbs.), length, quickness, and athleticism. He showcases quick feet and fluidity and is extremely impressive in pass protection. If he can stay healthy, Johnstone would be an ideal fit in a zone blocking scheme, but will need to increase his strength considerably for the next level.

One of my favorite 3-4 defensive end prospects dominant as a 4/4i-technique is DE DeForest Buckner, No. 44. Buckner showcases a superb combination of size (6'7" - 290 lbs.), length, power, awareness, quickness, and athleticism. The former high school basketball player is explosive off the line of scrimmage providing a tremendous jolt at the point of attack, utilizing his length and long arms to keep blockers away and easily stack and sheds blockers to pursue the ball carrier. Shows commitment to gap integrity and dominates with leverage, powering through offensive linemen with an impressive bull rush. If the 49ers are looking to bookend their defensive ends for the future, Deforest Buckner would make a nice compliment to Arik Armstead. Buckner's stats ten games in: 61 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and 5 pass deflections.

Another Oregon player to keep an eye on is WR Bryon Marshall, No. 9.


QB Vernon Adams, No. 16, 5'11 - 205 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UFA) Grad transfer from Eastern Washington.
WR *Bralon Addison, No. 2, 5'10 - 190 lbs., 4.47 40 - (4th) Torn ACL on left knee April 2014. Brings value as a PR.
WR Bryon Marshall, No. 9, 5'9 - 202 lbs., 4.42 40 - (6th)
OT Tyler Johnstone, No. 64, 6'6 - 295 lbs., 5.14 40 - (5th) Torn ACL on right knee twice once in the Alamo Bowl at the end of the 2013 season and the second time during the first week of practice of the 2014 season.
OG Matt Pierson, No. 62, 6'5 - 285 lbs., 5.19 40 - (UFA)
C Matt Hegarty, No. 77, 6'5 - 300 lbs., 5.16 40 - (UFA) Grad transfer from Notre Dame. Versatility to play C as well.
DT Alex Balducci, No. 56, 6'4 - 310 lbs., 5.10 40 - (UFA)
DE DeForest Buckner, No. 44, 6'7 - 290 lbs., 4.87 40 - (1st)
OLB Christian French, No. 96, 6'5 - 250 lbs., 4.78 40 - (UFA)
OLB Tyson Coleman, No. 33, 6'0 - 235 lbs., 4.76 40 - (UFA)
ILB Joe Walker, No. 35, 6'2 - 240 lbs., 4.84 40 - (UFA)
ILB Rodney Hardrick, No. 48, 6'0 - 245 lbs., 4.86 40 - (UFA)

Stanford is known as a program that produces NFL ready type talent; therefore, 49ers' scouts likely have several players targeted. We start things off with Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, No. 8. Hogan displays the physical attributes of a NFL caliber quarterback (6'4" - 225 lbs.), but his funky delivery, sporadic accuracy, and inconsistency is a problem for the next level; however, he does come from a pro-style offense and has a strong arm, great instincts, toughness, and sneaky athleticism. Hogan efficiency has been steadily improving as of late, and it appears Hogan is staying on track becoming more consistent. Through ten games, Hogan is 161/238 with a 67.6% completion percentage, 2,135 yards, and a 18/7 touchdown to interception ratio.

WR Devon Cajuste, No. 89, is another big-bodied receiver (6'4" - 229 lbs.) displaying decent speed, fair route running skills, great ball control, and strong hands. Cajuste will not blow people away with his speed, but utilizes his physicality, body control, and surprising quickness off his breaks to gain separation and win at the catch. He has inconsistent hands, but brings value as a solid blocker. Cajuste's stats eight games in: 18 receptions, 214 yards, averaging 11.9 yards per reception, and 2 touchdowns.

The Cardinal's OT Kyle Murphy, No. 78, showcases great size, (6'7" - 298 lbs.), quickness, flexibility, and length (long arms). The left tackle is solid in pass protection with quick movement, and displays power in the run game driving defenders with aggression. He also has experience playing right tackle (cue 49ers interest), which is his likely home in the NFL.

OG Joshua Garnett, No. 51, is a very large mauler interior lineman with NFL size (6'5 - 325 lbs.), strength, length (long arms), and power. Garnett is a brawler in a phone booth, and although he may not have nimble feet and the ideal athleticism (has balance issues), the power he generates from his lower half is impressive driving defenders with ease. Garnett also comes from NFL bloodlines, with his father, Scott Garnett, being a former NFL nose tackle.

ILB Blake Martinez, No. 4, is not overly athletic, but has tremendous instincts, good lateral quickness, awareness, good at shedding, and has a knack for always being around the ball with his high-motor. Martinez does not take false steps, shows good burst and closing speed, and is a sound and reliable tackler. He looks like a 3-4 ILB who will bring value on special teams. Martinez's stats ten games in: 97 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 4 pass deflections.

Another Stanford Cardinal to keep an eye on is OLB Kevin Anderson, No. 48. At 6'4" 245 pounds, Anderson brings an NFL caliber frame to go along with his impressive awareness, intelligence, and a non-stop motor. Anderson displays nice explosion, closing speed, and is a sound tackler. Unfortunately, Anderson has been sidelined as of late with an ankle injury. Anderson's stats six games in: 34 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery.


QB Kevin Hogan, No. 8, 6'4 - 225 lbs., 4.86 40 - (5th)
RB Remound Wright, No. 22, 5'9 - 204 lbs., 4.59 40 - (UFA)
RB Barry Sanders, No. 26, 5'10 - 198 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UFA) Son of the great Hall of Famer Barry Sanders.
WR Devon Cajuste, No. 89, 6'4 - 229 lbs., 4.60 40 - (5th)
OT Kyle Murphy, No. 78, 6'7 - 298 lbs., 5.19 40 - (3rd)
OG Joshua Garnett, No. 51, 6'5 - 325 lbs., 5.38 40 - (5th-6th)
DE Brennan Scarlett, No. 17, 6'4 - 265 lbs., 4.96 40 - (UFA) Grad transfer from California.
DE Luke Kaumatule, No. 99, 6'6 - 276 lbs., 5.06 40 - (UFA)
OLB Kevin Anderson, No. 48, 6'4 - 245 lbs., 4.84 40 - (7th)
ILB Blake Martinez, No. 4, 6'2 - 247 lbs., 4.79 40 - (4th)
SS Kodi Whitfield, No. 5, 6'2 - 204 lbs., 4.58 40 - (UFA)
LS Reed Miller, No. 67, 6'2 - 220 lbs., 5.14 40 - (UFA)

Ohio State vs. Illinois

The 49ers were 1 of 6 teams in attendance for the Ohio State vs. Illinois match-up. Ohio State is insanely loaded with draft-eligible talent; therefore, the odds the 49ers drafting an Ohio State player are relatively high.

Although the sampling size of games from QB Cardale "12 Gauge" Jones, No. 12, are relatively small, what we have seen thus far has ranged from absolutely impressive, to lethargically mediocre. It also does not help Jones' draft stock when your coach, Urban Meyer, benches you in favor of J.T. Barrett. Nevertheless, the junior showcases an ideal physical mountain of a frame, strong arm easily capable of making every throw, fascinating mobility with power and quickness, and decent fundamentals to make good accurate throws over-the-top, but lacks the necessary touch when throwing underneath. It appears his physical traits are limitless with a very high upside, but he is still a very raw prospect with a lot of development ahead of him, specifically in the mental aspect of the game. Jones stats ten games in: 109/175, 62.3% completion percentage, 1,459 yards, a 8/5 touchdown to interception ratio, 64 rushes, 193 yards, averaging 3 yards per carry, and 2 rushing touchdowns.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, No. 15, is an explosive and powerful runner showcasing great speed, vision, and impressive balance always leaning forward gaining positive yards. The junior is arguably the best running back prospect in this years' draft class, and displays a dynamic combination of size (6'0"), speed, and athleticism. If Elliott does not power through defenders, he is hurdling over them. Elliot's stats ten games in: 220 rushes, 1,425 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry, 16 rushing touchdowns, 24 receptions, 169 yards, and averaging 7 yards per reception.

WR Michael Thomas, No. 3, a junior, showcases great combination of size (6'3" - 210 lbs.), speed, and athleticism. Thomas is the nephew of Keyshawn "Just Give Me the Damn Ball" Johnson, and although he may not have the speed of last years' deep threat, Devin Smith, he is a polished all around wide receiver that is dependable in the middle of the field displaying good route running, tremendous ball skills, a solid pass catcher with strong hands, and attacks the football at its highest point. The savvy wide receiver will likely see his numbers increase now that J.T. Barrett is behind center. Thomas' stats ten games in: 45 receptions, 651 yards, averaging 14.5 yards per reception, and 8 touchdowns.

WR Braxton Miller, No. 5, the former Ohio State quarterback turned wide receiver impressed right out of the gate, displaying the same explosive and elusiveness he was known for as a quarterback, and added the soft hands and ball skills to the new position. He has a nice combination of size (6'1"), speed, and athleticism with the potential to be a consistent deep threat with more polishing to his game. Miller has continued to improve throughout the season and has shown the look of being a natural receiver. Miller's stats ten games in: 21 receptions, 320 yards, averaging 15.2 yards per reception, 3 receiving touchdowns, 36 rushes, 219 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry, and 1 rushing touchdown.

TE Nick Vannett, No. 81, is a former high school basketball player who showcases the ideal combination of size (6'6"), strength, and sneaky speed to be a coveted all around tight end prospect. Vannett is a stout and physical player in the run game and shows great blocking skills (specifically exterior blocking) with a few de-cleaters to his resume. With his solid hands and route running, and natural ability as a reliable pass catcher, Vannett is a prime option in the middle of the field and as a red zone target. He also has solid durability with 40 games played over the past three seasons. Vannett struggled at the start of the season, but has steadily improved as of late, especially now that he has been utilized more as a blocker than receiver. Vannett's stats seven games in: 14 receptions, 131 yards, and averaging 9.4 yards per catch.

OT Taylor Decker, No. 68, another former high school basketball player, showcases an amazing combination of size (6'7" - 315 lbs.), length, strength, sneaky athleticism, agility, and physicality. With his solid fundamentals, strong hands, and a fierce punch, Decker impresses with superb toughness in the run game driving defenders away, and an impressive kick-slide maintaining balance and anchoring nicely in pass protection. Shows versatility to play both tackle positions, and durability playing in all 41 of Ohio State's games the past three seasons.

The junior OG Pat Elflein, No. 65, is one of the top offensive draft-eligible guards in this years' class, provided he declares. The former high school wrestler and track and field athlete is a physical and tough right guard who plays with a tenacious aggressiveness. Elflein showcases great power at the point of attack and quick feet that helps him do a great job in pass protection and excellent when pulling showing great athleticism finishing his blocks with aggression. His size is not ideal at 6'3", but he does have versatility to be a utility interior lineman at the next level.

On the defensive side of the ball we start things out with one of the best players in all of college football, junior DE Joey Bosa, No. 97. Bosa could very well be the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He is a tremendously gifted athletic talent showcasing a terrific combination of size (6'6" - 275 lbs.), strength, athleticism, natural ability, power, and quickness. A relentless motor, Bosa dominates in the run game with great fundamentals and pure power. Stack and sheds nicely and has tremendous awareness. Not necessarily a speed rusher off the edge, Bosa does utilize fantastic speed to power conversion to get in the backfield, along with quickness and flexibility to side-step opponents on his way to the quarterback. He also has a very impressive swim move. A man amongst boys, Bosa is an all around complete player with excellent technique, adept in all facets of the game whether rushing the passer, wreaking havoc in the backfield, or a stout run stopper. Extremely strong, Bosa has been reported to have benched 440 pounds and squat 500 pounds while in high school. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ In the 49ers' 3-4 scheme, I envision Bosa as a five-technique, but he his scheme diverse, so the options with Bosa are numerous. Bosa's stats nine games in: 40 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 4 pass deflections.

DT Adolphus Washington, No. 92, is an explosive disrupter with great combination of size (6'4" - 290 lbs.), strength, and athleticism. He displays nice quickness off the snap, excellent use of violent hands at the point of attack, solid lateral quickness maintaining balance navigating his way through the trash, the agility to make himself skinny to penetrate through gaps, shows discipline, and could potentially be seen as an ideal prospect as a 3-4 defensive end the 49ers' employ. Washington's stats nine games in: 40 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.

A redshirt sophomore to keep an eye on is the amazing and explosive athlete OLB Darron Lee, No. 43. The former high school quarterback, wide receiver, safety, and kick returner has tremendous speed running sideline-to-sideline chasing down ball carriers, wreaks havoc in the backfield as a punishing blitzer, terrific instincts, and is solid in coverage with excellent range. Lee is an absolute playmaker that I believe is a better prospect than Ryan Shazier. I also believe he could do well as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but is also extremely versatile and can be utilized in many ways as a feared linebacker and defensive threat. Lee's stats ten games in: 45 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 pass deflection, and 1 forced fumble.

OLB Joshua Perry, No. 37, is another explosive athlete with tremendous sideline-to-sideline range displaying a high motor, physicality, and great length. Perry has an excellent combination of size (6'4" - 254 lbs.), strength and athleticism showcasing impressive pass rush skills off the edge utilizing great burst, solid and strong hand technique, and excellent closing speed. Perry is also very good at setting the edge, using his length and hand strength to stack and shed, and his quickness, burst, and athleticism to run down ball carries as a reliable tackler. He has great lateral movement and is solid in coverage. Shows tremendous leadership skills, and is known as a "consummate teammate". Perry would fit in as an outside linebacker in the 49ers 3-4 scheme. Perry's stats nine games in: 73 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 2 pass deflections.

SS Vonn Bell, No. 11, is a physically tough tenacious football player that plays with an aggressive mentality. A versatile ball hawk on the backend with impressive range, Bell shows excellent vision and awareness, superb ball skills, good burst, takes great angles, and is a sound tackler. His size (5'11") is less than desirable at the next level, and he will definitely need to improve his strength. Bell's stats ten games in: 56 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 8 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery.

Two additional redshirt sophomores to keep an eye on, since there is a possibility one, or both, forego their remaining college eligibility and declare for the draft are: WR Jalin Marshall, No. 17, and CB Eli Apple, No. 13.

WR Jalin Marshall is a fluid playmaker with excellent speed and quickness, strong reliable hands, solid ball skills, and explosive after the catch. A freakish athlete with impressive strength and toughness, the former high school quarterback displays terrific vision and awareness, versatility, and brings value on special teams as an excellent punt returner. I believe Marshall should stay an extra year in school to improve his route running (he already shows great fluidity to excel in route running). Marshall's receiving stats nine games in: 27 receptions, 395 yards, averaging 14.6 yards per reception, and 3 touchdowns. Marshall's punt return stats nine games in: 23 returns, 293 yards, and averaging 12.7 yards per return.

CB Eli Apple is a boundary shut down cornerback with an excellent combination of size (6'1" - 200 lbs.), range, and athleticism. Apple bestows great length (very long arms) for the position, good use of length to jam at the point of attack, willing and aggressive tackler, and impressive burst and closing speed. He does not have hip fluidity (a bit stiff); however, he trails nice showing good pace with wide receivers, excellent ball skills, sound instincts, and hounds receivers with his length and athleticism. Like Jalin Marshall, I believe Eli Apple should stay another year and improve upon his all round game. Apple's stats ten games in: 22 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 5 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery.

Ohio State

QB *Cardale Jones, No. 12, 6'5 - 250 lbs., 4.76 40 - (2nd-3rd)
RB *Ezekiel Elliott, No. 15, 6'0 - 225 lbs., 4.42 40 - (1st)
WR *Michael Thomas, No. 3, 6'3 - 210 lbs., 4.54 40 - (1st-2nd)
WR Braxton Miller, No. 5, 6'1 - 215 lbs., 4.42 40 - (4th) Position change QB to WR.
WR **Jalin Marshall, No. 17, 5'11 - 205 lbs., 4.40 40 - (2017?) Suspended season opener for violation of athletic department policy stemming from either marijuana or academics.
WR Corey Smith, No. 84, 6'0 - 195 lbs., 4.52 40 - (7th-UFA) Out for the year with a broken leg injured on 10/3/15.
TE Nick Vannett, No. 81, 6'6 - 260 lbs., 4.76 40 - (3rd)
OT Taylor Decker, No. 68, 6'7 - 315 lbs., 5.21 40 - (1st)
OT Chase Farris, No. 57, 6'5 - 310 lbs., 5.04 40 - (UFA)
OG *Pat Elflein, No. 65, 6'3 - 300 lbs., 5.28 40 - (2nd)
C Jacoby Boren, No. 50, 6'1 - 285 lbs., 5.06 40 - (UFA) Coming off 2014 leg injury.
DT Adolphus Washington, No. 92, 6'4 - 290 lbs., 4.96 40 - (2nd)
DT Tommy Schutt, No. 90, 6'2 - 290 lbs., 5.09 40 - (UFA) Out for a few weeks with a broken wrist.
DE *Joey Bosa, No. 97, 6'6 - 275 lbs., 4.82 40 - (1st) Suspended season opener for violation of athletic department policy stemming from either marijuana or academics.
OLB **Darron Lee, No. 43, 6'1 - 235 lbs., 4.64 40 - (1st) Former high school QB, WR, S, and KR.
OLB Joshua Perry, No. 37, 6'4 - 254 lbs., 4.67 40 - (2nd)
CB **Eli Apple, No. 13, 6'1 - 200 lbs., 4.50 40 - (2017?)
SS *Vonn Bell, No. 11, 5'11 - 205 lbs., 4.52 40 - (2nd)

Illinois is showcasing one prospect the 49ers are likely targeting in RB Josh Ferguson, No. 6. Ferguson is an explosive running back with excellent quickness, speed, burst, vision, and athleticism. He runs low behind his pads with great agility and balance, eluding defenders with terrific foot quickness in his cuts, and solid change of direction skills. Ferguson is an excellent receiver out of the backfield, displaying soft hands, fluidity in route running, and impressive ball skills; moreover, he utilizes his excellent vision to be a playmaker in space. Ferguson's stats seven games in: 95 rushes, 563 yards, averaging 5.9 yards per carry, 3 rushing touchdowns, 23 receptions, 145 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per reception, and 2 receiving touchdowns.

Other Illinois players to keep an eye on are: OG Ted Karras, No. 69 and DT Jihad Ward, No. 17.


RB Josh Ferguson, No. 6, 5'9 - 195 lbs., 4.50 40 - (5th)
WR Geronimo Allison, No. 8, 6'3 - 195 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UFA)
OG Ted Karras, No. 69, 6'4 - 310 lbs., 5.31 40 - (7th-UFA)
DT Jihad Ward, No. 17, 6'5 - 295 lbs., 4.98 40 - (7th-UFA) Will miss the first two-three games of the season due to knee injury on 8/17/15.
OLB Mason Monheim, No. 43, 6'1 - 235 lbs., 4.84 40 - (UFA)
CB V'Angelo Bentley, No. 2, 5'10 - 190 lbs., 4.52 40 - (UFA)
CB Clayton Fejedelem, No. 20, 6'1 - 195 lbs., 4.52 40 - (UFA)