The first day in April brings a small amount of colleges to the pro day schedule, with only Florida International, Miami, and South Carolina on the schedule.
- Receiver Phillip Dorsett was a big combine winner because of his 4.33 forty time. At 5'9" with a tendency to drop a lot of footballs, it's unclear how long Dorsett will stick in the league. Right now, Dorsett's biggest asset is speed and because of his jets he could crack a roster on special teams as a return man. Dorsett has 10 touchdowns in 2014, but just 36 receptions overall. If Dorsett can get past a cornerback and hold on to the football, he's dangerous. If he can make defenders miss, he's dangerous as well. But he can also get jammed, drops too many catchable throws, and his route running is raw. Players with his height and a questionable skill set besides speed and elusiveness are prospects I would stay away from if I was a GM.
- Tight End Clive Warford met with the 49ers at both the Senior Bowl and combine. While I believe the 49ers should draft a tight in this year, Warford would be no improvement over Vance McDonald. Warford drops a lot of passes and is a less than average blocker. At least McDonald has good blocking in his makeup.While he may be ranked as one of the top tight ends, the 49ers can find better value at the position rounds three through five.
- The 49ers are in need of inside linebacker depth and Denzel Perryman may fit the bill. Although Miami's program has become of the mediocre variety in recent years, Perryman was a consistent force for the Hurricanes defense throughout his career. Questions about his height and speed make him a mid round prospect, but so was Chris Borland and that worked out well for the 49ers (until he retired). At 5'11" with a combine forty of 4.78, Perryman could use a good day today to turn doubters into believers. Perryman is a solid tackler who plays bigger than his size, blazing through holes and making solid tackles in the open field.
- Cornerback Ladarius Gunter had a great week of practices at the Senior Bowl. The 6'1" prospect jumped a lot of routes throughout the week and showed promising ball skills. Gunter will be a later round selection.
- South Carolina doesn't have much to offer this year, but a lineman of note will be performing today. The 49ers are in the market for a guard and if they are looking for one in round two, A.J. Cann could be an option. Cann does not have position versatiliy as he was just a left guard for South Carolina. At the combine Cann put up 26 bench reps.