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49ers hosted Iowa DT Carl Davis on official pre-draft visit, according to report

The San Francisco 49ers brought in a fifth defensive lineman for a visit this month. According to one report, Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis visited the 49ers and six other teams. Could the 49ers develop a guy with less than stellar pass rush skills?

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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up pre-draft visits last week, and we have slowly gotten some more information on the 49ers 30 allowed visits. Detroit Lions beat writer Josh Katzenstein is reporting the 49ers were one of six teams to host an official pre-draft visit with Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis.

Davis is viewed by many as a potential second round draft pick. He has the size you like in a defensive lineman, but there are concerns about his pass rush productivity. Scouting reports point to a guy who can stuff the run with the best of them, but lacks some of lateral agility necessary to be an effective pass rusher. This lack of agility has some saying he will control an area smaller than someone his size should be able to handle.

Any defensive lineman becomes an interesting pick given Jim Tomsula's background as a defensive line coach. This does not mean the lineman would be guaranteed to develop into a successful player. After all, Tomsula was running the defensive line when the 49ers drafted Kentwan Balmer. That did not work out at all, although Balmer not actually giving a crap played into that to some extent.

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