Pro days continue this week with: Central Florida, Duke, Illinois State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nevada, Rice, SMU, South Dakota State, Southeastern Louisiana, and Tennessee.
Perhaps the biggest name to keep an eye on today is, you guessed it...another wide receiver, Breshad Perriman. Perriman's stock has risen exponentially over the last couple of months. He had a chance to really solidify himself has a potential first round receiver at the combine last month but a late hamstring strain derailed his momentum. He'll be competing today and if runs a respectable forty yard dash (4.4-4.5) don't be shocked to see Perriman selected in the later part of round one.
At Duke, many will have their eyes on WR Jamison Crowder. But at 5-9, 185 and just 4.56 speed...he's really going to have to improve that time to impress. Guard Laken Tomlinson on the other hand is one of the best guard prospects in the draft. The 9ers will undoubtedly look to replace the departed Mike Iupati with a player on the current roster and draft potential competition.
Tomlinson isn't the most athletic guard so he may not project well on the left side but he's too talented to pass on if you have a whole at guard. I think his value is best in the second round but if the 9ers feel they have talent on the current roster, waiting until the mid to late rounds might be the best play.
With the sudden need for depth at inside linebacker, Kansas' Ben Heeney could be this year's Chris Borland. I haven't watched film on Heeney yet but so far what you read about him sounds a lot about what you might have read about Borland: small/undersized (6-0, 231lbs), short arms, not very athletic, etc., etc. But then you hear that he led Kansas in tackles the last three seasons and rarely came off the field. He backed up his stats with a solid combine performance and in a rather week linebacker class started to gain some momentum. Another solid performance from Heeney and team could begin moving the undersized backer up draft boards.
If you're looking for a late round QB that could eventually evolve into Colin Kaepernick's back up, how about his Nevada replacement Cody Fajardo. Fajardo joined Kaepernick as the only two players in NCAA history to throw for more than 9,000 yards and run for more than 3,000 in their careers. He isn't as big as Kap (6-1, 223lbs) and he doesn't have nearly as big an arm. He's a project QB but has shown glimpses of NFL talent. If Kap is in the fold long term, it would make sense to draft a back up with a similar skill set.
Pro days tomorrow include: Fordham, Houston, Middle Tennessee State, North Dakota State, North Texas, Tulane, and Utah.