Continuing on with our second week of Scouting 49ers Scouts - pro day edition, we move on to March 15th workouts, where a few notable prospects impressed yesterday in front of 49ers' scouts. Keep in mind, although it's unlikely to track every pro day (15 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 be represented.
On Wednesday, March 15th, scouts for the 49ers attended pro days at Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Western Michigan, Georgia, and James Madison.
49ers Regional Scout Tariq Ahmad (seen in video below) was in attendance at Virginia Tech's pro day. The Hokies had a bevy of draft-eligible talent at hand impressing scouts with their performances. One player garnishing a lot of the attention was TE Bucky Hodges. Hodges receiving prowess is evident, but scouts were eager to see if the WR/TE could block with his hand in the dirt.
Bucky Hodges is a nightmare match-up in the middle of the field taking advantage of his strength, agility, speed, and athleticism out jumping corners on the perimeter with his amazing size (huge catching radius) and physicality. A work in progress as a route runner (still raw), Hodges shows great burst off the line of scrimmage, nice speed, explosion, and the suddenness to separate from defenders. Utilizing his great catching radius, Hodges attacks the football with excellent leaping ability (an ideal redzone target) elevating to make the tough catch. Has build-up speed that can pose a vertical threat in the middle of the field.
One prospect eager to improve from their poor performance at the NFL Scouting Combine was WR Isaiah Ford. The 6-foot-1 prospect ran a disappointing 4.61 40 at the combine, but was able to improve his time at the fast turf of Virginia Tech down to a 4.52 40. Ford also slimmed down from the combine going from 194 pounds down to 183 pounds.
Isaiah Ford is an explosive vertical threat prospect with the knack for taking the top off coverages. The former high school basketball star athlete (averaged 37 points per game as a senior) utilizes his impressive deceptive speed (runs fast in pads), length, agility, quickness, body control, and solid route running skills (silky smooth) to gain separation with great suddenness exploding out of his breaks and bursts with acceleration making huge plays. Displays toughness going across the middle willing to absorb hits. Has a tendency to be a body catcher, but displays good hands and great field awareness.
49ers National Scout Justin Chabot was in attendance at Arkansas' pro day. Another team with a bevy of draft-eligible talent, two Razorbacks stood out with their performance in TE Jeremy Sprinkle and OT Dan Skipper.
Jeremy Sprinkle showed off his impressive speed running a 4.52 40, and performed nicely on positional drills. Sprinkle was also able to answer some questions in regard to his arrest for shoplifting at a Belk store back in December of 2016. Undoubtedly, Sprinkle was eager to get the episode behind him and was honest and upfront with scouts at hand.
Sprinkle possesses an excellent combination of size, length, strength, speed, and athleticism. The former high school basketball and baseball athlete displays an impressive suddenness to his game with the ability to separate and get away from man coverage with deceptive speed. Tremendous length and a very large catching radius, Sprinkle extends his hands away from his body and makes the grab with reliable hands. An excellent run and pass blocker, Sprinkle shows a great ability to block end of line at the point of attack in a three-point stance, the agility to reach the next level and block in space with a sound base, platform, and the ability to swing his hips blocking in space whether end of line or detached. In pass protection, Sprinkle's base, platform, and hand positioning are sound, as well as displaying the ability to slide laterally with good balance.
Dan Skipper's size and athleticism was on display for scouts in attendance, improving upon his combine numbers, notably in the 40 running under a 5.30 (5.42 at combine). Skipper is a mountain of a man standing 6-foot-10 at 319 pounds with a bully-type nastiness to his game (nearly borderline crazy at times). With a crazy wingspan comparable to that of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Skipper is a powerful offensive tackle with a toughness and tenacious mentality, finishing blocks (sometimes one-handed) all the way to the whistle as a dominant run blocker. Skipper bestows good athleticism and impressive fluidity for a man his size showing the athletic ability to slide laterally and adjust to movement. As a large imposing figure blotting out the sun, Skipper creates a daunting obstacle for defenders to find a way to get by him. Has the versatility to play both tackle positions.
49ers Regional Scout Steve Rubio was in attendance at Wisconsin's pro day. In fact, representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered to view the impressive talent from the Badgers' pro day. The top talent on the team, OT Ryan Ramczyk, sat out of the pro day (sat out at the combine as well) recovering from hip surgery (repaired torn labrum).
RB Corey Corey Clement improved his numbers from the combine running 4.54 40 (4.68 40), a 32" vertical jump (28.5"), 10-foot-0 broad jump (9-foot-7), 4.19 20-yard shuttle (DNP), and a 6.70 3-cone (DNP) - (numbers in parentheses are combine results).
Two other notable Wisconsin defenders in OLB T.J. Watt and OLB Vince Biegel stood on their combine performances and impressed scouts on positional drills.
Both Watt and Biegel, LEO type prospects, are tremendous instinctive players with a relentless motor to the ball easily capable of slipping past defenders with impressive quickness, body control, and change of direction skills. They share excellent athleticism, length, and fluidity in concert with their amazing instincts showcasing a nose for the ball with excellent spacial awareness (high football instincts) and decent power attacking the offense with an intense determination. Watt, the higher rated out of the two, attacks with aggressive violence and insane determination playing with his hair on fire and the intense passion bolstered by NFL bloodlines. Biegel, a quick-twitch pass rusher, is a slippery player knifing through gaps and stunts with great closing speed also playing with his hair on fire, flying off the edge with good speed and bend.
The 49ers were in attendance at Georgia's Pro Day, and former Georgia offensive tackle, and current 49er, John Theus was on hand rooting for his former Bulldogs. Although the vast majority of the notable Georgia players decided to return to the Bulldogs for their senior year, there were a few prospects attracting scouts eyes at the pro day. WR Isaiah McKenzie, the only combine invite, is a dynamic and electrifying playmaker that is explosive in the return game. Three prospects to keep an eye on with a decent chance on getting drafted are: OG Greg Pyke, C Brandon Kublanow, and SS Quincy Mauger.
The 49ers were in attendance at Western Michigan's pro day, and the star player everyone was hoping to see perform, WR Corey Davis, did not workout (didn't work out at combine as well). Nevertheless, arguably the top WR prospect in the class, Davis was on the sidelines dressed in sweats talking with teams.
One underrated prospect impressing scouts was QB Zach Terrell. The high football IQ prospect displayed great zip on his throws with improved mechanics and tightened throwing motion. The 6-foot-1 and 212 pound Terrell ran a 4.97 40, a 28.5 vertical jump, a 8-foot-7 broad jump, a 4.34 20-yard shuttle, and a 7.36 3-cone. Moreover, according to Pro Football Focus, Terrell leads the nation in adjusted completion percentage at 81%.
The 49ers were in attendance at James Madison's pro day, and three players stood out as prospects to keep an eye on. Other than having a cool name for an inside linebacker, Gage Steele impressed scouts with his workouts and positional drills. The 6-foot-1 and 232 pound prospect also put up a solid 23 reps on the bench press. The former high school track and wrestling athlete is a down hill thumper that plays with an aggressive intensity.
Wide receiver and return specialist, Rashard Davis, blew the doors off with a blazing 40 time of 4.38. Lastly, James Madison's workhorse, Khalid Abdullah, ran a 4.60 40, and had a solid performance with his drills. Abdullah is a quality high production running back with great vision and instincts displaying impressive agility and movement (makes consecutive moves in a short area). He shows terrific burst and can one-cut like the best of them.
Below are some draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on from the pro days 49ers scouts attended:
QB Jerod Evans, No. 4, 6026 - 232 lbs., 4.80 40
FB Sam Rogers, No. 45, 5102 - 231 lbs., 4.93 40
WR Isaiah Ford, No. 1, 6'1" - 183 lbs., 4.52 40
TE Bucky Hodges, No. 7, 6'6" - 257 lbs., 4.57 40
OT Jonathan McLaughlin, No. 71, 6'5" - 294 lbs., 5.28 40
OG Augie Conte, No. 72, 6'6" - 305 lbs., 5.24 40
DE Ken Ekanem, No. 4, 6026 - 257 lbs., 4.88 40
DT Woody Baron, No. 60, 6'2" - 280 lbs., 4.97 40
DT Nigel Williams, No. 8, 6'2" - 297 lbs., 5.04 40
FS Chuck Clark, No. 19, 6'0" - 208 lbs., 4.51 40
RB Kody Walker, No. 24, 6'1" - 251 lbs., 4.76 40
WR Keon Hatcher, No. 4, 6012 - 212 lbs., 4.64 40
WR Drew Morgan, No. 80, 5117 - 190 lbs., 4.74 40
TE Jeremy Sprinkle, No. 83, 6047 - 252 lbs., 4.52 40
OT Dan Skipper, No. 70, 6095 - 309 lbs., 5.2's 40
DE Deatrich Wise Jr., No. 48, 6052 - 274 lbs., 4.92 40
DE JaMichael Winston, No. 6, 6'3" - 262 lbs., 4.87 40
DE Jeremiah Ledbetter, No. 55, 6031 - 280 lbs., 4.84 40
DT Taiwan Johnson, No. 94, 6'2" - 287 lbs., 4.97 40
OLB Josh Williams, No. 21, 6'1" - 241 lbs., 4.59 40
ILB Brook Ellis, No. 51, 6017 - 240 lbs., 4.79 40
CB D.J. Dean, No. 2, 5'11" - 195 lbs., 4.56 40
CB Jared Collins, No. 29, 5'11" - 172 lbs., 4.49 40
P Toby Baker, No. 37, 6031 - 210 lbs., 5.00 40
QB Bart Houston, No. 13, 6'4" - 235 lbs., 4.93 40
RB Corey Clement, No. 6, 5101 - 220 lbs., 4.68 40
RB Dare Ogunbowale, No. 23, 5106 - 213 lbs., 4.65 40
WR Robert Wheelwright, No. 15, 6'3" - 211 lbs., 4.54 40
OT Ryan Ramczyk, No. 65, 6056 - 310 lbs.
OLB Vince Biegel, No. 47, 6032 - 246 lbs., 4.67 40
OLB T.J. Watt, No. 42, 6044 - 252 lbs., 4.69 40
CB Sojourn Shelton, No. 8, 5'9" - 177 lbs., 4.51 40
FS Leo Musso, No., 19, 5'10" - 194 lbs., 4.62 40
LS Connor Udelhoven, No. 60, 6'0" - 228 lbs.
QB Greyson Lambert, No. 11, 6'4" - 220 lbs., 4.98 40
WR Isaiah McKenzie, No. 16, 5074 - 173 lbs., 4.42 40
WR Reggie Davis, No. 81, 6'0" - 170 lbs., 4.49 40
OG/OT Tyler Catalina, No. 72, 6'6" - 314 lbs., 5.21 40
OG/OT Greg Pyke, No. 73, 6'5" - 313 lbs., 5.27 40
C Brandon Kublanow, No. 54, 6'2" - 288 lbs., 5.33 40
ILB Tim Kimbrough, No. 42, 6'0" - 226 lbs., 4.76 40
FS Maurice Smith, No. 21, 6'0" - 195 lbs., 4.54 40
SS Quincy Mauger, No. 20, 6'0" - 202 lbs., 4.58 40
QB Zach Terrell, No. 11, 6'2" - 204 lbs., 4.89 40
WR Corey Davis, No. 84, 6027 - 209 lbs.
OT Taylor Moton, No. 72, 6052 - 319 lbs., 5.18 40
DE Keion Adams, No. 1, 6'2" - 245 lbs., 4.79 40
RB Khalid Abdullah, No. 32, 5100 - 220 lbs., 4.60 40
WR Brandon Ravenel, No. 11, 6'0" - 185 lbs., 4.65 40
WR Rashard Davis, No. 6, 5'9" - 175 lbs., 4.38 40
WR Domo Taylor, No. 3, 6'3" - 210 lbs.
OT Mitchell Kirsch, No. 76, 6'6" - 300 lbs., 5.32 40
OG Matt Frank, No. 64, 6'3" - 315 lbs., 5.48 49
ILB Gage Steele, No. 33, 6'1" - 232 lbs., 4.86 40
CB Taylor Reynolds, No. 14, 6'0" - 195 lbs., 4.57 40
On the slate for Thursday, March 16th: Arizona State, Central Arkansas, Clemson, Illinois, Oregon, Ouachita Baptist, Penn State, Pittsburgh State, St. Francis (PA), Vanderbilt, Virginia, and William & Mary.