The San Francisco 49ers do not appear to know what Justin Smith's future entails, but they are preparing for his eventual departure. The team is set to bring in a fourth defensive lineman for a visit. ESPN college football reporter Jared Shanker is reporting the 49ers will host an official visit on Monday with Florida State defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. The 49ers were previously reported to be hosting Arik Armstead (Oregon), Eddie Goldman (Florida State) and Troy Slater (West Georgia).
Edwards is projected as a late day two or early day three pick. He would project as a 3-4 defensive end for the 49ers, but he can also play inside at defensive tackle, which would be a plus given the 49ers extensive use of their nickel defense. Edwards is viewed as strong against the run, but not a good pass rusher. There is concern about giving up on plays and that his talent exceeded his performance. According to Bud Elliott from our Florida State blog, Edwards had a monster performance in the 2013 National Championship Game, but struggled with injury and weight issues in 2014.