The San Francisco 49ers saw defensive end Tank Carradine depart for the Oakland Raiders this offseason, cutting some depth at the strong defensive end position. Solomon Thomas is likely to get a significant opportunity there, and Ronald Blair’s specific role will be hammered out as well. That being said, it is likely the 49ers add some competition at the position in the draft or in undrafted free agency.
The organization appears to have interest in a potential diamond in the rough. The team shown interest in UCLA defensive end Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, according to his agent last week. An agent’s comments are certainly something to take with a grain of salt, but he was pretty specific after the UCLA Pro Day.
JACOB TUIOTI-MARINER of UCLA met with TITANS GM. JACOB’s getting love from @NFL teams after an inspired performance at Proday. Other showing most interest: 49ers, Browns, Packers, Chargers, Broncos, Falcons, Rams. pic.twitter.com/1B8WMqyEPy— Aaron Gordon (@aarongordon26) March 27, 2018
Tuioti-Mariner finished his final year at UCLA with his best performance to date. He had 7.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for a loss, to go along with two fumble recoveries. He took part in the NFLPA collegiate bowl, where he measured in a shade under 6’2, and weighing 282 pounds. He would seem to be in that tweener build for the time being. As a late round or UDFA addition, he would need to show some versatility and potentially be able to work his way both inside and outside on the line. But it will also depend on what kind of weight he might put on in an NFL nutrition and strength program.