The San Francisco 49ers have been doing their due diligence on offensive linemen over the past few weeks, and we can add a guard to the mix. Matt Maiocco is reporting the 49ers hosted San Diego State guard Nico Siragusa for a pre-draft visit. And in case you’re curious, no, he is not related to Tony Siragusa.
The 49ers acquired center Jeremy Zuttah in a trade last month with the Baltimore Ravens. A year ago, they signed guard Zane Beadles, and traded up into the back-end of the first round to select guard Joshua Garnett out of Stanford. The interior of the line has some options, but remains unsettled between Zuttah, Beadles, Garnett, and Daniel Kilgore. The team needs some long-term options.
CBS Sports projects Siragusa as a potential third or fourth round pick. He was a first-team All-American, marking the first Aztec to earn the honor since Kirk Morrison in 2003. Siragusa started his SDSU career coming off the bench his freshman year as a right guard. He moved to the left side as a sophomore and started 41 straight games over the past three seasons.
SDSU running back Donnel Pumphrey set an FBS career rushing record, which was helped in part by strong run blocking by Siragusa. The guard stands 6’4 and weighs 319 pounds, and is described as having a pro-ready frame. Lance Zierlein raised concerns about his lateral movement, and he might be best suited for a power scheme.
One NFC West scout told Zierlein he likes Siragusa a lot, and, “[doesn’t] see a lot of drop-off between him and Josh Garnett from last year.”