This week's pro days continue today with Akron, Alabama-Birmingham, Arizona, Army, Harvard, Kansas State, Kent State, Monmouth, Samford, Tennessee State, and UCLA.
There are quite a few noteworthy prospects to keep an eye on today. Let's start with Arizona WR Austin Hill. In 2012, Hill was one of the best receivers in the country. An ACL tear caused Hill to miss the entire 2013 season and his return in 2014 was underwhelming. As such, Hill was not invited to the Combine last month an has virtually fallen off the radar. At 6-3, 210lbs, a solid performance today could earn Hill a few more looks as a high upside day three pick.
Another WR to watch is Kansas State's Tyler Lockett. Despite his small stature, Lockett possess big play capability. Teams will need to see him consistently beat the press something he didn't face too often in college and his plus speed should help. Lockett also has kick and punt return experience.
In the Best Prospect Name category, Jaquiski Tartt has to be one of the top nominees. He's also one of the top strong safeties available in this class. The Samford product stands 6-1, 221lbs and ran a 4.53 forty at the Combine last month. He's a big time hitter and could fit well into a scheme where he can play close to the line of scrimmage.
You could make an argument that each of UCLA's draftable prospects could fill a need for the 49ers. First there are linebackers Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Eric Kendricks. Odighizuwa lined up mostly on the inside for the Bruins but has experience lining up all over the defense front. He figures to translate as an edge rusher in the NFL. Hendricks is likely best suited as a 4-3 ILB but the recent retirement of Patrick Willis and questions about Navarro Bowman's health could have the 9ers thinking about landing another linebacker early in 2015.
QB Brent Hundley is probably not going to end up in San Francisco as he's likely going to nabbed in the second round. BUT if he should fall to the third or beyond the 9ers could look to add him as back up and potential insurance plan to Colin Kaepernick.
Ellis McCarthy is one of the bigger prospects in the NFL Draft. The 6-5, 338lbs defensive tackle was a back up at UCLA in 2014 but played both inside and out in the Bruins 3-4 defense. He seems to fit as a true two-down, run stopping nose tackle.
Tomorrow is another big day as pro days continue with some big prospects from some big programs: Alabama, Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Emporia State, Louisville, Marshall, Oklahoma, Rice, Rutgers, South Florida, USC, Wisconsin