The San Francisco 49ers are set to host a 14th official pre-draft visit. Tampa Bay Times NFL writer Greg Auman is reporting the 49ers and San Diego Chargers will each host former South Florida cornerback/kick returner Chris Dunkley for a visit next week. Dunkley would be the third cornerback the 49ers will host. That group includes Marcus Peters and Tray Walker.
Dunkley played wide receiver for much of his time at South Florida, but converted to cornerback at the start of his senior year. During last year's offseason, Dunkley worked out with some NFL cornerbacks who happened to be friends with South Florida's head coach, Willie Taggart. After those workouts, the players, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Sam Shields and Fabian Washington, told Taggart that the team might be better suited with Dunkley at cornerback. Dunkley played cornerback in high school so it was not completely foreign to him.
Dunkley was not invited to the NFL Combine, but did take part in the Denver regional combine. There are a handful of regional combines across the country, and it gives NFL scouts a chance to get measurements and details on a variety of under-the-radar prospects.
According to one report, Dunkley was a big prospect out of high school, but had to transfer from Florida due to injuries and academic issues. He transferred to South Florida, but was arrested in September 2012 on suspicion of domestic violence battery. He was suspended and later reinstated after completing a pre-trial diversion program for first time offenders.