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March 21, 2009
Results from San Jose State's Pro Day

Lots of football in the South Bay this week. While the 49ers were opening a three-day minicamp Friday, a few miles to the south, San Jose State was hosting a pro day that drew quite a crowd. The headliners were two San Jose State players, Jarron Gilbert and Coye Francies, and Cal Poly receiver Ramses Barden. Players from San Jose State, Cal Poly, Sac State and UC Davis all worked out in front of NFL coaches and scouts, including head coaches Rex Ryan and John Fox.

Gilbert, a defensive end, measured in at 6-5, 284 pounds, according to San Jose State SID Lawrence Fan. He had a 37-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump, both of which are pretty spectacular for someone Gilbert's size. NFL Draft Scout has Gilbert as the eighth-best defensive end in the draft. Others, however, see him going as high as late in the first round.

Francies, meanwhile, measured a little over 6-feet and weighed 181 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds, which isn't all that good. Fan said Francies false started a number of times, which likely contributed to his poor time. Another Spartan cornerback, Christopher Owens, aced the 40, running it in 4.47 and 4.48. Owens, 5-10, 177 pounds, also had a 35-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump. NFL Draft Scout has both players going in the third or fourth rounds of the draft.

The real show stopper may have been RB Yonus Davis, who measured in at a very Darren Sproles-like 5-6, 194 pounds. Davis had a vertical of 38.5 inches and a broad jump of 10-feet. He had 20 reps of 225 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.42.

I'm still trying to track down the Sac State and UC Davis highlights, especially Davis DT John Faletoese, whom NFL Draft Scout ranks as the 17th-best interior defensive lineman and a possible sixth-round pick.

-- 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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