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49ers met with Western Michigan pass rusher Keion Adams

The 49ers need some help on defense, and they recently met with a project option.

The San Francisco 49ers were on hand for the Western Michigan Pro Day two weeks ago, and it turns out they spent some extra time with pass rusher Keion Adams. NFL reporter Aaron Wilson tweeted that Adams met with the 49ers, Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens, Bengals, Lions, Browns, and Jets. He also has private workouts planned with the Chargers and Colts.

Adams was an edge rusher in college, securing ten sacks as a junior and 18 sacks as a senior. However, he measured in at 6’2, 247 pounds. He has great speed off the edge, but everyone is fast in the NFL, and his inability to convert speed to power is going to be a problem. He is projected as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and viewed by CBS Sports as a late round pick or priority free agent.

The 49ers are switching to a 4-3, but like most teams, they will likely spend as much time outside of their base defense as in it. Some might even say their nickel could end up being more of a base defense for them. Either way, Adams seems like someone who they would work with in terms of either converting to potentially weak side linebacker, or beefing him up a bit to work on the edge. He sounds like a bit of a project.