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Report: 49ers host edge rusher Kemoko Turay for pre-draft visit

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The 49ers need help at edge rusher, but how long will they wait in a week and a half?

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The San Francisco 49ers badly need help in their pass rush, and they are bringing in a potential day two option for an official pre-draft visit. The team is bringing in Rutgers edge rusher Kemoko Turay, according to Rotoworld writer Josh Norris.

Turay is a tough one to figure, even as someone who many think could go on day two of the draft. He had 7.5 sacks as a freshman, but injuries cost him part of his sophomore season, and most of his junior season. He played 11 total games those two years, finishing with four sacks and 12 tackles (5.0 for loss). This past season, he played 12 games and finished with 60 tackles (6.0 for loss) and three sacks.

Lance Zierlein compares him to Yannick Ngakoue and likes the pass rush traits he brings to the table. He does think he needs to add a go-to move and workable counter. Pro Football Focus had this to say about him in their draft guide:

He was dominant as a designated pass-rusher back in 2014 and 2015 (559 snaps combined). Back then he looked more like a wide receiver though. After putting on weight and getting a more full-time role in 2017, his dominance subsided greatly. With so little information to go on, his performance at the combine will be enormous for his draft stock.

The 49ers re-signed Cassius Marsh this offseason, and added Jerry Attaochu in free agency. They both seem better suited as rotational options. Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas will get opportunities on the edge in base looks, with Eli Harold potentially getting some nickel defensive end work. But the 49ers don’t have clear answers off the edge. They have options, but nothing certain.

Linebacker is a big need with questions surrounding Reuben Foster, while offensive guard remains a question with no clear guards of the future yet. For the moment, I see those two positions and edge rusher topping the 49ers list of needs heading into the draft next week. The 49ers currently hold pick No. 9, and then don’t pick again until pick No. 59. They hold two picks high in the third round as well, and those two in particular could prove key given how much time they have between their first and second round picks. I have to think edge rusher fits in there somehow.