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April 16, 2007
49ers guest list

The 49ers today released a list of 10 draft-eligible players who will be visiting team headquarters over the next week. What can we glean from the list? It's hard to say.

Three of the 10 - Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson, LSU safety LaRon Landry and Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch - are players the team could take with the No. 11 selection in the April 28-29 draft.

In the days leading up to the draft, teams will visit with players they feel they need to know a little better before spending a pick on them. They'll also invite small-school players such as Towson offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, who might be unfamiliar to them or who might have been invited to the annual scouting combine.

Sometimes they'll invite a player they have no intention of drafting - a red herring to throw other teams off the trail. And it also should be noted that the 49ers could invite up to 20 more players to Santa Clara in the next week and a half.

Among the 10 invitees, five are defensive linemen, two are offensive linemen, two are receivers and one is a safety. The 49ers' biggest draft-day needs are believed to be defensive line and receiver.

Here's the list:

Ikaik Alama Francis - DE Hawaii

Jamaal Anderson - DE Arkansas

Jermon Bushrod - OT Towson

Justin Harrell - DT Tennessee

Laron Landry - S LSU

Ray McDonald - DT Florida

Robert Meachem - WR Tennessee

Tony Ugoh - OT Arkansas

Jason Hill - WR Washington State

Alan Branch - DT Michigan

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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