After an exciting couple of days of free agency frenzy resulting in the 49ers signing nearly half the league, a couple of notable prospects had impressive workouts yesterday at their respective pro day, while 49ers' eyes were watching. Keep in mind, although it's unlikely to track every pro day (11 scheduled yesterday) representatives from the 49ers will/have attend(ed) throughout the process, we will pass along those visits the team has been reported to attend.
On Thursday, March 9th, scouts for the 49ers attended pro days at Oklahoma State, Penn, and Wyoming.
Just a quick addition and update to yesterday's pro day results, specifically with Northern Colorado's QB Kyle Sloter (he attended Colorado's pro day - 49ers NFS Scout Kyle O'Dell was in attendance). I was informed Sloter (6'4" - 218 lbs.) ran a 4.65 40 at his pro day, which is an impressive number for a quarterback, but what makes it more worthy is he ran the drill in basketball shoes. Apparently, Colorado winds were gusting around 45 mph knocking over the lasers forcing the prospects indoors. Nevertheless, despite the altered conditions, I've been told Sloter consistently runs the 40 in the 4.56 range - former WR. I was also provided an updated video to Sloter's game film you can view below.
The 49ers were one of 32 teams in attendance for Oklahoma State's pro day. One prospect of note was DT Vincent Taylor, a 6'2" - 300 pound tackle-to-tackle prospect with impressive upper body strength and very long 34 3/8" arms, which he utilizes effectively stacking and shedding (great strength in hands) with a solid ability playing front-side blocks at the point of attack. He doesn't possess much athletic ability and has balance concerns, so defending against back-side blocks could be an issue.
Oklahoma State's TE Blake Jarwin (NFL Scouting Combine snub) impressed scouts with his athleticism running a 4.69 40, a 34 1/2" vertical jump, a 10'1" broad jump, a 4.34 short shuttle, a 7.37 3-come, and 21 reps on the bench press. The former walk-on and high school basketball, baseball, and track athlete is an athletic pass catching tight end with a great combination of size (6'5 1/8" - 246 lbs.), speed, and athleticism displaying sound fluidity and agility in his game. The Cowboy-Back in Oklahoma State's offense, Jarwin displays his natural athletic gifts as a hybrid fullback/tight end lining up inside, detached, in the backfield, and out wide.
After a big contingent of NFL evaluators flocking to Temple's pro day in Philadelphia, PA yesterday (49ers one of the teams in attendance), the majority of the same crowd stayed in town to check out Penn University's pro day. Prospect of note, QB Alek Torgersen. An NFL Scouting Combine snub, Torgersen impressed scouts at hand with a lively arm with touch and great zip on his throws. Thanks to Football Gameplan's Emory Hunt and NFL Draft Bible's Rick Seritella for providing Torgersen's pro day workout and interview seen below.
Per Tony Pauline, the 49ers had a meeting with Wyoming's RB Brian Hill. We don't know who represented the 49ers at Wyoming's pro day, but since 49ers' NFS Scout Kyle O'Dell was in Boulder at the University of Colorado's pro day on Wednesday, March 8th, he could be the likely candidate making the roughly two hour road trip up to Laramie, WY.
With Carlos Hyde, Mike Davis, and Raheem Mostert the only running backs under contract going into the 2017 season, the 49ers will likely look to a very deep and talented running back draft class to add talent and competition to the mix, especially with Hyde's injury concerns and Davis' inconsistent play. Brian Hill is a great option in the middle rounds of the draft (3rd-5th).
Brian Hill is a complete running back with good size, speed (4.47 40 at pro day), quickness, explosion, and strength. A downhill runner with a sprinkle of an aggressive style in his game, Hill displays great balance and body control slashing through holes rumbling and weaving through defenders bringing power behind his pads making contact with explosion. Although Hill doesn't have an elite explosive burst, he displays fluid feet, good agility, and nice change of direction skills with great flexibility and tremendous balance. Very aggressive in fighting and gaining extra yards occasionally deploying the stiff arm of justice with authority, Hill displays great vision and patience, and possess the Frank Gore skill to squeeze (gets skinny) through tiny openings. He does a good job in pass protection, and according to Pauline, looked extremely good catching the football at his pro day.
Yesterday evening, Fooch wrote an article with a report UTEP’s RB Aaron Jones is scheduled to have a private workout with the 49ers. It was reported nine teams were in attendance at UTEP’s pro day, but I have yet to receive confirmation if the 49ers were one of the nine (Packers, Raiders, Jets, Patriots, Chiefs, Bengals, Colts, and the Lions). Nevertheless, with two running back meetings with Aaron Jones and Brian Hill early on in the pro day process, as well as NFL Scouting Combine interviews with Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, and Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara, it appears the RB position looks to get addressed in the draft.
Below are some draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on from the pro days 49ers scouts attended:
QB Alek Torgersen, No. 10, 6022 - 218 lbs., 4.85 40
OG Daniel Poulos, No. 70, 6'3 - 285 lbs.
RB Chris Carson, No. 32, 5116 - 215 lbs., 4.58 40
RB Barry Sanders, No. 26, 5'10" - 198 lbs., 4.54 40
WR Jhajuan Seales, No. 81, 6005 - 206 lbs., 4.47 40
TE Blake Jarwin, No. 47, 6'5 1/8" - 246 lbs., 4.69 40
OT Victor Salako, No. 77, 6'6" - 335 lbs., 5.45 40
C/OG Michael Wilson, No. 74, 6'6" - 305 lbs., 5.29 40
DT Vincent Taylor, No. 96, 6025 - 299 lbs., 5.07 40
OLB Jordan Burton, No. 20, 6'3" - 215 lbs., 4.70 40
CB Ashton Lampkin, No. 6, 6002 - 187 lbs., 4.52 40
CB Lenzy Pipkins, No. 1, 6'0" - 201 lbs., 4.58 40
FS Jordan Sterns, No. 13, 6'0" - 200 lbs., 4.55 40
K Ben Grogan, No. 19, 6'1" - 190 lbs., 4.83 40
RB Brian Hill, No. 5, 6010 - 219 lbs., 4.47 40
WR Tanner Gentry, No. 4, 6010 - 208 lbs., 4.53 40
TE Jake Maulhardt, No. 83, 6'6" - 230 lbs., 4.59 40
TE Jacob Hollister, No. 88, 6'4" - 239 lbs., 4.77 40
C/OG Chase Roullier, No. 73, 6036 - 312 lbs., 5.54 40
ILB Lucas Wacha, No. 45, 6'1" - 230 lbs., 4.77 40
UTEP (just in case)
RB Aaron Jones, No. 29, 5094 – 208 lbs., 4.56 40
FB Darrin Laufasa, No. 15, 6’1” – 250 lbs., 4.79 40
TE Hayden Plinke, No. 85, 6042 – 264 lbs., 4.97 40
OLB Nick Usher, No. 36, 6’3” – 235 lbs., 4.87 40
K/P Jay Mattox, No. 47, 6’0” – 185 lbs., 5.07 40
On the slate for Friday, March 10th: Alabama State, Army, Auburn, New Mexico State, Northern Illinois, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and Tuskegee.