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49ers DL coach checks out Sam Houston State defensive lineman

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The 49ers have depth along the defensive interior, but they’re leaving no stone unturned.

The San Francisco 49ers might be deepest along the defensive interior, but that is not stopping the team from considering a host of other options. Defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina was at the Sam Houston State Pro Day on Monday, according to NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline. Zgonina was likely checking out defensive tackle P.J. Hall.

Pauline had this to say about Hall’s Pro Day workout:

Hall, who was dominant for three days of Shrine practice, measured 6004/308 pounds. He touched an impressive 38 inches in the vertical jump, reached 9-feet-8-inches in the broad jump and completed 36 reps on the bench.

His first forty time clocked under 4.8s (4.76s on a few watches) into the wind while his second attempt, with the wind, was under 4.7s (4.68s on a few watches).

Hall was listed at 6’1 in college, but like most prospects is shorter than listed. He appears stout, but his ability to maintain is something teams will be inquiring about leading up to the draft. He’s a big guy for college, particularly his FCS level opponents, but at the NFL level, he’d be a relatively undersized interior lineman.

DeForest Buckner and some combination of Earl Mitchell, Solomon Thomas, and Sheldon Day could see considerable playing time on the 49ers defensive interior. D.J. Jones is a guy who will get a shot to compete for some nose tackle time. He is about the same height as Hall, but he has been able to cary more weight, getting up over 320 pounds. Lance Zierlein’s scouting report raises questions about Hall’s ability to play with more weight.

It would seem like the 49ers are fairly settled with their defensive interior, but a flier pick to develop some talent would not be entirely shocking.