Finishing off with our second week of Scouting 49ers Scouts - pro day edition, we move on to March 16th workouts (no confirmed 49ers scouts in attendance during March 17th pro days), where a few notable prospects impressed in front of 49ers' scouts. Keep in mind, although it's unlikely to track every pro day (12 scheduled on Thursday and 9 scheduled on Friday) 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 Thursday, March 16th, scouts for the 49ers attended pro days at Penn State, Oregon, Arizona State, and St. Francis (PA).
Per Audrey Snyder, a Penn State beat writer, the 49ers were in attendance at Penn State's pro day, and there were two standouts who garnished great reviews from scouts in WR Chris Goodwin and DE Garrett Sickels. Moreover, 49ers Regional Scout Tariq Ahmad was in attendance and can be seen in the video below (flashes at the 0.42 mark).
Chris Goodwin stood on his NFL Scouting Combine numbers and looked impressive competing in positional drills boasting his natural pass catching abilities.
Goodwin is a physical and tough wide receiver that plays with aggression and determination boasting great athleticism and playing bigger than his size (6-foot-1). He displays good burst off the line of scrimmage, utilizes his size and strength to counteract at LOS when pressed, ability to run crisp routes, and has strong hands as a reliable pass catcher. Displays good foot quickness with a decent ability to break in and out of his cuts with suddenness separating from defenders. Flashes ability to win contested catches with defenders draped over him, and displays excellent ball skills (superb at tracking the ball over shoulder) making tough catches in traffic. Shows great effort and physicality blocking downfield with the nice hip flexibility swinging his hips blocking in space. Had questions concerning speed at the end of season; however, running a 4.42 40 at the NFL Combined silenced those concerns.
Per Tony Pauline, the 49ers met with Garrett Sickels at his pro day. Apparently, Sickels worked out in both the defensive line and linebacker drills receiving rave reviews about his athleticism and fluidity, as well as him being scheme diverse showing versatility in his game, and described by one as a "Swiss Army Knife".
Unlike Goodwin, Sickles looked to improve upon his combine numbers, a decision resulting in success. A tad bit under 6-foot-4, the 255 pound athlete was timed in the high 4.7's in the 40, a 33.5" vertical jump, and a 6.8's 3-cone. At the combine, he ran a 4.90 in the 40, a 28" vertical jump, and a 7.21 3-cone.
Sickles, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, showcases good power in his game with active violent hands and a relentless mindset in pursuit to the quarterback/ball carrier. The former high school lacrosse athlete finished off his junior campaign registering 47 tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Per Cam Rogers, writer for Duck Territory and 247 Sports, the 49ers had multiple scouts in attendance at Oregon's pro day. A down year in offering draft-eligible talent and expecting to have fewer players selected in this years' NFL Draft than usual, one Oregon prospect stood out amongst others as a likely third day draft selection in TE Pharaoh Brown.
Pharaoh Brown showcases ideal measurables for the position standing at 6-foot-5, weighing 246 pound with a 35 5/8" arm length, a 10 3/8" hand size, and a 83 7/8" wingspan. He ran a 4.78 40, a 8-foot-7 broad jump, 4.47 20-yard shuffle, and a 7.24 3-cone. Brown stood by his combine numbers in the vertical jump (34") and the bench press (24).
Per Kaelen Jones, SB Nation's House of Sparky, the 49ers were in attendance at Arizona State's pro day. The NFL was well represented with 28 teams in attendance, along with three Canadian Football League teams and a scout from the San Diego Padres.
There were two prospects of note highlighting the day in K Zane Gonzalez and WR Tim White, both looking good in their respective positional drills.
Zane Gonzalez, the recipient of the Lou Groza Award (best place-kicker award), is the all-time FBS leader in field goals made (96) and points (494) by a kicker. In 2016, the unanimous All-American was 5-of-5 on field goals from 20-29 yards, 5-of-5 on field goals from 30-39 yards, 6-of-6 on field goals from 40-49 yards, and 7-of-9 on field goals 50 yards plus. Gonzalez's longest field goal made in the season was from 59 yards out.
Tim White, a projected slot receiver/return specialist, ran an unofficial 4.51 and 4.49 40, a 38.5 vertical jump, and a 10-foot-10 broad jump.
St. Francis (PA)
Early in the morning, 49ers Regional Scout Tariq Ahmad was at Penn State's pro day. Apparently, Ahmad traveled a little over an hour southwest to Loretto, PA, where he was spotted at St. Francis University's pro day too. Ahmad is seen in the video here.
The player worth Ahmad's travels is one of the FCS's star athletes in S Lorenzo Jerome.
After posting a 4.70 40 at the combine, Jerome was determined to improve upon his time at his pro day, which resulted with an improved time of 4.53 40.
Jerome is an explosive playmaker hugely impacting two phases of football, wreaking havoc on the defensive side of the field, and is a constant threat in the return game. The former high school basketball and soccer star is an extremely athletic prospect, plays with amazing instincts and ball awareness (high football IQ), is a ballhawk with a nose for the football (18 career interceptions), and displays a good combination of size, speed, smoothness, and athleticism with the fluidity, range, and versatility to play outside on the boundary, in the slot, and in the middle. In the return game, Jerome showcases excellent stop and start ability, impressive foot speed with terrific suddenness, and outstanding vision.
On top of the 18 career interceptions Jerome has snatched, he went on to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl grabbing two more interceptions, and then turned on his ballhawking skills at the Senior Bowl intercepting two more passes.
Below are some draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on from the pro days 49ers scouts attended:
WR Chris Godwin, No. 12, 6'1" - 209 lbs., 4.42 40
C Brian Gaia, No. 72, 6'3" - 295 lbs., 5.10 40
DE Garrett Sickles, No. 90, 6034 - 261 lbs., 4.90 40
DE Evan Schwan, No. 94, 6'6" - 263 lbs., 4.79 40
OLB Brandon Bell, No. 11, 6'1" - 233 lbs., 4.75 40
ILB Nyeem Wartman-White, No. 5, 6'1" - 248 lbs., 4.72 40
SS Malik Golden, No. 6, 6'0" - 205 lbs., 4.57 40
QB Dakota Prukop, No. 9, 6'1" - 210 lbs., 4.68 40
TE Pharaoh Brown, No. 85, 6055 - 255 lbs.
TE Evan Baylis, No. 81, 6'5" - 246 lbs., 4.79 40
TE Johnny Mundt, No. 83, 6'4" - 243 lbs., 4.78 40
OG Cameron Hunt, No. 78, 6'6" - 307 lbs., 5.37 40
DE T.J. Daniel, No. 6'6" - 273 lbs., 4.92 40
OLB Johnny Ragin III, No. 27, 6'1" - 229 lbs., 4.78 40
SS Reggie Daniels, No. 8, 6'0" - 201 lbs., 4.59 40
WR Tim White, No. 12, 5'10" - 185 lbs., 4.50 40
TE Kody Kohl, No. 83, 6'3" - 235 lbs., 4.77 40
OG Evan Goodman, No. 57, 6'3" - 310 lbs., 5.22 40
DE Edmond Boateng, No. 97, 6'3" - 265 lbs., 4.94 40
DT Viliami Latu, No. 41, 6'2" - 290 lbs., 5.08 40
OLB Viliami Moeakiola, No. 28, 6'0" - 215 lbs., 4.63 40
ILB Salamo Fiso, No. 58, 6'0" - 230 lbs., 4.83 40
K Zane Gonzalez, No. 5, 6'0" - 202 lbs., 4.91 40
Saint Frances (PA)
ILB Solomon Leaeno, No. 5, 5'11" - 245 lbs.
FS Lorenzo Jerome, No. 22, 5104 - 204 lbs., 4.70 40
K Lance Geesey, No. 12, 5'10" - 180 lbs., 4.94 40
On the slate for Monday, March 20th: Azusa Pacific, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Hawaii, Merrimack, North Carolina Central, North Carolina State, Syracuse, and Toledo.