Starting our third week of Scouting 49ers Scouts - pro day edition, we move on to March 20th 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 (nine 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 Monday, March 20th, scouts for the 49ers attended pro days at Toledo, Bowling Green, and Syracuse.
49ers Regional Scout Steve Rubio was in attendance for Toledo's pro day, and there are two prospects of note to keep an eye on in TE Michael Roberts and RB Kareem Hunt.
Michael Roberts looked to improve upon a couple of his NFL Scouting Combine numbers bettering his 40 time from 4.86 down to 4.78, and completing 21 reps on the bench press (DNP at combine).
Roberts is a strong blocking tight end with huge suction cup hands (11 1/2") he utilizes as a reliable intermediate pass catcher squaring up blocking out defenders (basketball background) attacking the football and winning in a crowd. Excellent red zone production with 10 catches, 10 touchdowns in 2016.
According to Tony Pauline, the 49ers interviewed with Roberts at the combine.
Kareem Hunt also looked to improve upon his combine results, specifically the 40-yard dash.
Posting a 4.62 40 at the combine, Hunt bettered his time running a 4.57 40; moreover he looked really good in his positional drills.
Highlights from Kareem Hunt at Toledo Pro Day: pic.twitter.com/JC7Weuvf3m— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) March 20, 2017
Hunt is a physical and aggressive running back with nice burst, patience, vision, and power to his game. Good inside and outside of tackles with great quickness and wiggle (terrific feet), plays with low pad level and excellent balance generating a lot of power in his stocky and thick frame, breaks tackles and always falls forward. Shows good speed bursting to daylight, but does not possess a second gear. Shows great vision and short area quickness, and displays solid reliable hands as a pass catcher (solid threat in the screen game). Hunt is a nimble bruiser with vision that can play in a zone or gap scheme and may be best utilized in a running back-by-committee due to style of play and injury concerns (nagging ankle and hamstring injuries in 2014 and 2015).
49ers Regional Scout Steve Rubio was in attendance for Bowling Green's pro day (he gets plenty of face time in the video below - he’s the one sitting).
DT Izaah Lunsford is the prospect of note for Bowling Green, where he recording 48 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 pass deflection in 2016. Lunsford, the 6-foot-2, 294 pound prospect, is an athletic and nimble interior defensive lineman, who will likely be an end of Day 3/priority undrafted free agent in the 2017 NFL Draft.
49ers Regional Scout Tariq Ahmad (seen in video below) was in attendance at Syracuse's pro day. Ahmad was also seen in another video leading offensive lineman drills, a drill I have seen him lead at a few other pro days. The prospects under his guidance were OG Michael Lasker and OG Omari Palmer, both candidates vying for possibilities as a priority undrafted free agent signing.
The Syracuse prospect to keep an eye on is WR Amba Etta-Tawo.
Already posting a very nice 4.49 40 at the combine, Etta-Tawo embraced home-field advantage and turned in a 4.35 40 at his pro day. Moreover, he also showcased his skill set running NFL level type of routes.
Etta-Tawo boasts an excellent combination of size (6'1"), length, speed, awareness, and athleticism. He plays physical with sound technique, impressive quickness, good usage of his hands to create separation, and long speed (very deceptive and eats ground fast). He is a fluid route runner with a smoothness and sound technique to his game. Etta-Tawo displays good bend on breaks coming out quickly with great athleticism, great footwork, quickness, and decent burst. He is a natural pass catcher with very strong soft reliable hands extending arms to make the catch and excellent ball skills. Solid in intermediate routes and wins deep match-ups with technique, length, body control, superb ball skills, and high-pointing the catch with great athleticism. He also displays impressive skills tracking the ball over his shoulder.
Below are some draft-eligible prospects to keep an eye on from the pro days 49ers scouts attended:
RB Kareem Hunt, No. 3, 5104 - 216 lbs., 4.57 40
TE Michael Roberts, No. 80, 6043 - 270 lbs., 4.78 40
OT Storm Norton, No. 74, 6'8" - 306 lbs.
DT Treyvon Hester, No. 91, 6'2" - 300 lbs.
FS DeJuan Rogers, No. 23, 6'0" - 190 lbs.
DT Izaah Lunsford, No. 10, 6021 - 294 lbs.
WR Amba Etta-Tawo, No. 84, 6012 - 203 lbs., 4.35 40
WR Brisly Estime, No. 1, 5'9" - 183 lbs.
OG/OT Michael Lasker, No. 67, 6'5" - 312 lbs.
OG Omari Palmer, No. 57, 6'2" - 321 lbs.
ILB Marqez Hodge, No. 33, 5'11" - 219 lbs.
On the slate for Tuesday, March 21st: Boston College, Grambling State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, South Florida, Troy, Tusculum, and UCLA.