We are back with another round of Pro Days. There are only a couple weeks left, and then we settle into the lull before the 2015 NFL Draft. Teams will host players on visits throughout April, but there is less commentary on that. The Pro Days offer the last truly meaty topic before the draft.
Tuesday's Pro Days include East Carolina, Iowa State, North Carolina, Northern Iowa, Northwestern State, Ohio and Texas. For the most part we are talking about day two and day three prospects, with a lot of UDFA candidates. However, Texas provides a very real possibility for the San Francisco 49ers.
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown will be on display at the Texas Pro Day. He is expected to go in the first round, and the 49ers needs at defensive line could result in Brown joining the team. He has experience in both the 3-4 and the 4-3, which provides considerable value. One reason Trent Baalke mentioned when the 49ers extended both Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman was that both could convert to 4-3 linebackers if needed. The team has said for now they are sticking with the 3-4, but with their various departures, a conversion still seems possible. Brown could help in that kind of transition.
Here is a rundown of some notable players at the Pro Days, with their positional rank and overall rank at ESPN listed in parenthesis.
East Carolina: WR Justin Hardy (14, 74), QB Shane Carden (7, 195)
Iowa State: TE E.J. Bibbs (5, 132)
North Carolina: ILB Darien Rankin (22, XX)
Northern Iowa: RB David Johnson (8, 91), DT Xavier Williams (12, 134)
Northwestern State: CB Imoan Claiborne (24, 196)
Ohio: DT Crutch Crutcher (53, XX)
Texas: DT Malcom Brown (2, 14), ILB Jordan Hicks (7, 138), CB Quandre Diggs (22, 170), DE Cedric Reed (19, 191), RB Malcolm Brown (20, 223)