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49ers work out pair of SMU offensive linemen

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One seems a natural fit at center, while the other is expected to convert from defensive line.

The San Francisco 49ers sent representatives down to Southern Methodist University this week to work out a pair of offensive linemen, according to Matt Barrows. The team worked out center Evan Brown and defensive line convert Mason Gentry.

Brown stands 6’2 and weighs 307 pounds. He had a 36-inch vertical leap and a 4.97-second 40-yard. Brown said at SMU’s Pro Day that he was hoping to show off his athleticism, which he had heard was questioned a bit. He talked about his versatility having spent some time at guard along with center, getting two years experience at each position. The 49ers currently have Weston Richburg locked in at center, but with questions at guard and no clear center backup, there is plenty of room for Brown to compete as a potential day three pick.

Gentry played defensive line, but he has been working to convert to offensive line. He stands 6’5, and appears to have weighed in at 310 pounds at his Pro Day, according to Barrows. Gentry said at his Pro Day that he has been working in Atlanta with Chip Smith, Jon Stinchcomb, Willie Anderson. Since he is changing positions, he has a lot to learn about technique and building his skillset. He said teams have talked to him about offensive tackle and offensive guard as possible landing spots. Gentry seems like more of a project that would go late on day three or in undrafted free agency, and likely would either be inactive most of his rookie year, or spend it on the practice squad.