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April 2, 2009
Are the Broncos seeking Sanchez?

After today's blockbuster trade, the Broncos have both Kyle Orton and Chris Simms in their quarterback stable, but conventional wisdom has them going after another in the draft. Let's say USC's Mark Sanchez dropped to No. 10. What would it take to pry him away from the 49ers? The draft chart suggests the Broncos could do it by packaging their original first-round pick (no. 12) with the third-round pick they acquired from the Bears (no. 84). Or they could use the first-round pick from the Bears (no. 18) and their second-round pick (no. 48).

Hawaii held its pro day today in Carson, Ca., reasoning that the school could take advantage of the horde of NFL scouts and coaches who were in the neighborhood a day earlier for USC's pro day. The 49ers were represented by David McCloughan, the team's director of college scouting. Perhaps the most intriguing prospect was David Veikune, a 257-pound defensive end the 49ers likely would convert to an outside linebacker, a la Parys Haralson, Manny Lawson and Jay Moore. NFL Draft Scout has Veikune going somewhere in the third or fourth rounds. Veikune looked good at the Senior Bowl in January.

Also, Pro Football Talk is reporting that Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith will be visiting the 49ers. The team appears to be taking a hard look at just about every prospect they could take at pick No. 10. So far, Smith, OT Michael Oher, Sanchez, WR Michael Crabtree and NT B.J. Raji are coming into town for visits.

-- 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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