The San Francisco 49ers are kicking the tires on a wide variety of players in preparation for the 2015 NFL Draft, and they are looking at some under the radar options. According to a couple reports, the team conducted a workout with Marshall cornerback Darryl Roberts. This Football Insiders article makes it sound like it already happened as of April 1, while this tweet from someone claiming to be the Marshall sports videographer indicates it happened after the fact. I'm still trying to clarify, but the 49ers would seem to have some interest.
Roberts did not participate in the NFL Combine, but was active at the Marshall Pro Day on March 11. Gil Brandt reported that Roberts caught some eyes with his 4.36 and 4.39 40-yard dash times. He stands 5'11 and weighs 187 pounds, but showed some solid strength with 23 reps on the bench press. That would have tied for second among defensive backs at the Combine.
40-yard dash: 4.36, 4.39
10-yard split: 1.48
3-cone drill: 6.66
Bench press: 23 reps
Brandt suggests Roberts could be a sixth or seventh round pick. He finished the 2014 season with 75 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and one interception, and was named first team all conference.
Roberts would appear to be an under the radar name to keep an eye on when day three rolls around. The 49ers have a lot of cornerback options heading into the offseason workout program, but they are likely to add at least one or two more. I think the team's starting cornerbacks in September are already on the roster. Some think Marcus Peters, Trae Waynes, Ronald Darby, or a host of other players will be coming to Santa Clara. This would not shock me, but I still don't see it happening. I see late round cornerbacks joining the group. We'll see in a few weeks how wrong I am with this prediction.