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April 3, 2009
Raji arriving Monday

One of the more intriguing prospects in the 2009 draft, Boston College nose tackle B.J. Raji, will visit with the 49ers on Monday and Tuesday. Good nose tackles are rare in the draft and Raji's skill set - he's a 330-pounder with excellent quickness - seem to perfectly match how the 49ers' use their nose tackle. Will Raji last until the 10th pick? A number of draft prognosticators have had him going to the Seahawks at No. 4. But recent reports of a positive test for marijuana will certainly give teams with a top 5 pick pause. The situation has the whiff - sorry, couldn't resist - of 1995 when Warren Sapp, a sure Top 5 selection following the college season, was linked to marijuana just before the draft. Sapp ended up falling to the Buccaneers at No. 12, and I seem to recall him having a pretty good career. (seven pro bowls, one defensive player of the year award, one super bowl ring).

The list of players visiting the 49ers in the coming days looks like this:

Mark Sanchez, USC QB
Andre Smith, Alabama OT
Michael Oher, Ole Miss OT
Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech WR

I haven't heard anything about other potential No. 10 picks, Jeremy Maclin or Brian Orakpo. FSU's Everette Brown and Penn State's Aaron Maybin have no plans to visit at this time.

-- Matt


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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