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Report: 49ers hosted LB Fred Warner on official pre-draft visit a day before LB Roquan Smith

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The 49ers need more depth at linebacker. They are looking at options up and down the draft.

It would appear to be linebacker week in Santa Clara. The San Francisco 49ers brought in BYU linebacker Fred Warner for a visit on Monday, and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith is in town for a Tuesday visit, according to Matt Maiocco.

Smith is competing with Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to be the first linebacker off the board next week. Edmunds is seen as a high upside prospect, while most agree Smith has better instincts right now, and is a better plug-and-play option right out of the gate.

NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein projects Warner as a potential early day three pick. Warner has the build to play linebacker, but the speed and mobility of a safety. He strikes me as someone who will enter the NFL primarily as a sub-package defender. Of course, sub-packages are turning into the new base, so that means plenty of work for Warner regardless of the position a team puts him in.

The 49ers have decisions to make at linebacker this offseason. Reuben Foster is the team’s starting middle linebacker, but he is not participating in team activities while the legal process continues. He has a court date on April 30th, but otherwise the legal timeline is uncertain. Brock Coyle and Korey Toomer will compete for an opportunity at middle linebacker in the meantime. Coyle is recovering from January surgery on a torn labrum, which gives Toomer the edge for the time being in on-field activities.