The NFL has stopped all teams from having any more pre-draft visits, so we’ve decided to put each player the San Francisco 49ers have met in one place. We’ve already discussed the two wide receivers the team met with at the NFL Combine. Both Jalen Reagor from TCU and Justin Jefferson from LSU. As well as Alabama’s speedy WR Henry Ruggs. Additionally, Lloyd Cushenberry, a center from LSU, and Darrynton Evans, a running back from Appalachian State, and also met with the Niners. Finally, Michael Ojemudia, a cornerback from Iowa. The 49ers also met with TCU’s Ross Blacklock, who could be a possible DeForest Buckner replacement. There are three other names out there we haven’t discussed.
The first two players couldn’t come from a more different background. The 49ers had a pre-draft visit scheduled with Washburn guard Kyle Hilton, per Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline. This was going to happen before the coronavirus epidemic started. As for Hinton, he was the man of the hour at Kansas State’s pro day. Hinton repped 225 pounds 34 times, jumped 34.5 inches in the vertical, and Pauline said some scouts had him in the 4.7 range in the 40-yard dash. All this is at 296 pounds, which is insane. Pauline mentioned some teams are comparing Hinton to six-time Pro Bowler Brian Waters, which feels like hyperbole, but it’s quite the compliment. Hinton was a second-team All-American and also caught a touchdown pass in 2019.
From Washburn to a college football powerhouse. Clemson safety K’Von Wallace said he met with all 32 teams. The 5-foot-11, 206-pound safety did his thing at the NFL Combine. Wallace ran a 4.53 40-yard dash but was well above average in three of his other four tests. A 6.76 3-cone drill tells you Wallace has no issue changing directions without losing speed. His 38” vertical jump and 11-foot broad jump scream explosiveness. It also helps that Wallace is a good football player.
At Clemson, Wallace played everywhere from single-high safety to slot cornerback. He even lined up as a linebacker and edge rusher. Wallace is a smart player that can run and tackle but is inconsistent in man coverage. Don’t ask him to cover top wideouts, and you’ll be a fan. Wallace provides the versatility that’ll allow the 49ers to continue to keep their safeties interchangeable. Now that Jimmie Ward will be around for at least two years, it doesn’t seem likely that Wallace will end up on the 49ers.
App. State, again?
App. State is known for having athletes and all-around good football players. Ronnie Blair is a great example. The 49ers already met with a running back from the school, and you can add LB Akeem Davis-Gaither to the list, who the 49ers have also had a formal meeting with. The Niners can save $1.5 million by cutting LB Mark Nzeocha. Elijah Lee is a restricted free agent, but if a team offers Lee, there isn’t any reason to match that offer since the 49ers have three quality starters and Azeez Al-Shaair. You can do better athletically than those two as well, which makes sense why the team visited with Davis-Gaither.
Davis-Gaither had foot surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot, which kept the speedy linebacker from competing in drills at the NFL Combine. With his speed, range, and coverage ability, there are a lot of similarities to Dre Greenlaw. Davis-Gaither has 30 career starts, and, while undersized, made a difference in the passing game.
List of all pre-draft visits
- Luq Barcoo, CB, San Diego State (EW)
- Rodney Clemons, S, SMU (EW)
- Lloyd Cushenberry, C, LSU (COM)
- Ben Ellefson, TE, North Dakota State (EW)
- Darrynton Evans, RB, Appalachian State (COM)
- Mason Fine, QB, North Texas (EW)
- Malik Harrison, ILB, Ohio State (SR)
- Jared Hilbers, OT, Washington (EW)
- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU (COM)
- Anfernee Jennings, 3-4OLB/OLB/ILB, Alabama (SR)
- Collin Johnson, WR, Texas (SR)
- Tony Jones, RB, Notre Dame (EW)
- Mason Kinsey, WR, Berry (EW)
- Larrell Murchison, DT, N.C. State (SR)
- Michael Pinckney, OLB, Miami (EW)
- Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU (COM)
- Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama (COM)
- Elijah Riley, CB, Army (EW)
- Alton Robinson, DE/OLB, Syracuse (SR)
- Casey Toohill, OLB, Stanford (EW)
- Tommy Townsend, P, Florida (EW)
- Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa (COM)
- Kyle Hinton, OG, Washburn (COM)
- Ross Blacklock, DL, TCU (COM)
- K’Von Wallace, S, Clemson (COM)
- Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, App. State (COM)