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March 26, 2011
49ers pre-draft visit and workout tracker

First, a word on pre-draft visits, which may give fans and journalists an indication of which positions and players a team is interested in, but by no means give a full picture. At the end of the day, after all, it's only a partial list. Also, teams might not schedule visits with the players they like the most. And finally, the visits sometimes result in teams dropping a player from their draft boards, as was the case with Michael Crabtree and at least two Top 10 teams two years ago.

More often, the visits are used to reinforce a team's assessment of a player. Last year, for example, both Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati visited Santa Clara where they met with, among others, offensive line coach Mike Solari. Solari wanted to see whether they could contribute as rookies, and it was his blessing that helped make them both first rounders in April.

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska.
NFL Network reported on Tuesday (March 29) that Amukamara, whom most consider the second-best cornerback prospect, has an upcoming visit with the 49ers.

Chris Blohm, TE, Yale
The Yale Daily News reports that Blohm will fly to Santa Clara on April 20 to meet with 49ers coaches and to work out. The 49ers had some success with another tight end out of Yale, Eric Johnson, who was a seventh-round pick in 2001. (Years later, Johnson had some success with Jessica Simpson. Did not see that coming.)

Brett Brackett, TE, Penn State
The National football Post writes that Brackett, 6-5, 248, is expected to work out this week (March 28-April 1) for the 49ers. The brainy Brackett caught 39 passes for 525 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
The National Football Post reports that the 5-9, 226-pound Carter will visit April 13. Carter, who ran for 1,233 yards last season and averaged 5.3 yards a carry, is the type of no-nonsense runner the team has liked in the past and that running backs coach Tom Rathman prefers. Carter is projected to be taken as early as the third round.

Sean Creadick, WR, UC Davis
According to JBScouting.com, Creadick worked out for the 49ers earlier this month (March). Creadick is a possession receiver who measured 6-0 1/2 and 203 pounds. He caught 66 passes for 928 yards, averaged 14.1 yards a a catch and had eight touchdowns for the Aggies last year.

Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
Dalton said on NFL Network that he has private visits set up with the 49ers among other teams. Jim Harbaugh attended Dalton's pro day workout in March, and he is among a group of second-round prospects the 49ers are sorting out. Dalton's best attribute may be his accuracy, although like many passers in this year's class, he operated out of a spread system in college.

Marcell Dareus, DT-NT, Alabama
Dareus is considered one of the three safest defensive players in the draft. (Patrick Peterson and Von Miller are the others). He seemingly would be an ideal fit at nose tackle, a position that unrestricted free agent Aubrayo Franklin has held since 2007. The NFL Network reported that Dareus would visit the 49ers in April.

Kris Durham, WR, GeorgiaThe National Football Post reports that Durham, who played opposite A.J. Green for the Bulldogs in 2010, visited the 49ers among other teams. Durham, who stands 6-5 and weighs 217 pounds caught 32 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn.
At one point, Fairley was being talked about as the top pick in the draft. A long-legged, gap-penetrating lineman, Fairley seems built more for a 4-3 scheme than the 3-4 the 49ers primarily will run. The Houston Chronicle reports that Fairley will visit all but two teams picking in the Top 10.

Kai Forbath, K, UCLA
The 49ers worked out Forbath, the 2009 Groza Award winner, in March. Forbath is expected to be taken at the end of the draft, and the 49ers have six picks in the sixth and seventh rounds. Kicker Joe Nedney has a veteran's reliability, but he also has been injured in each of the last two seasons. (The Bee).

Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
Green was part of the March 18 workout the 49ers, including Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and GM Trent Baalke, conducted with QB Colin Kaepernick. The NFL tight end Green has been likened to the most? Vernon Davis. (The Bee).

Joe Hastings, WR, Washburn
Agent David Canter wrote on Twitter that his client, Hastings, will have a private workout with the 49ers the week of April 4. The 6-0, 185-pound Hastings led the MIAA with 1,546 receiving yards in 2010 while recording 87 receptions. Both were single season records for the Ichabods. Hastings averaged 128.8 receiving yards per game.

Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
The National Football Post reports that Houston, a defensive lineman at Georgia, will visit the 49ers among other teams. Houston has an excellent size-speed ratio but scouts wonder why he wasn't more dominant in college. He's considered a late first-, early second-round prospect.

Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State
The National Football Post reports that Hunter will visit the 49ers on Monday, April 11. Hunter ran for 1,548 yards last season and scored 20 touchdowns on the ground. The 5-7, 200-pound tailback is viewed as a second-round prospect. Meanwhile, the 49ers starting tailback, Frank Gore, has missed games due to injury in each of the last four season and is heading into the final year of his contract. The 49ers likely will take a running back at some point in the draft.

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
CSN Bay Area reports that Jones visited the 49ers Friday (April 15) and got his surgically repaired foot checked out. Jones has the size and toughness the 49ers like in their receivers, but scouts question whether he'll get enough separation at the NFL to justify a Top 10 pick.

Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
The 49ers brass, including Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke, gave him a private workout in Reno on March 18. Kaepernick has the sort of athleticism and competitiveness Harbaugh is seeking. His release and touch are works in progress. A possibility in the second round. (The Bee)

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
The National Football Post reports that the 49ers will be among the teams Mallett visits in April. The Arkansas quarterback is perhaps the best pure thrower in the draft, combining arm strength with touch and accuracy. However, his athleticism lags behind the type of quarterbacks Harbaugh has groomed in the past. The 49ers likely are doing their homework in case Mallett falls into the second round. The Bee has learned that Mallett's visit is April 11 and 12.

Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
For my money, he's the best fit for the 49ers' new, more dynamic defense - a guy who instantly upgrades the pass rush and makes plays all over the field. Miller will visit Santa Clara on Aug April 13-14. (The Bee).

Denarius Moore, WR, TennesseeAdam Caplan of Fox Sports reports that Moore will visit this week (April 18), giving more credence to the believe the 49ers will use a late pick on a wide receiver.

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
He's widely considered the top cornerback in the draft, and the 49ers -- weak in passing defense in recent seasons -- could use a top-flight cornerback. Peterson is scheduled to visit Santa Clara in mid April, according to his agent. (The Bee)

Robert Quinn, DE/LB, North Carolina
Quinn visited the 49ers the week of April 11. He played defensive end for the Tar Heels, but the 49ers are eying him as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. Quinn has rare burst off the edge but has red flags as well. He missed the 2010 season after accepting gifts from an agent and also has a benign brain tumor that requires monitoring. (The Bee)

Marc Schiechl, OLB, Colorado School of Mines
The National Football Post reports that the 49ers and Raiders had a private workout with Schiechl on Thursday (May 31). He is the Division II all-time sack leader with 46 and is fourth all-time in tackles for loss 70 ½.

Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
Jim Harbaugh was in Iowa City on April 4 to give Stanzi a private workout. Like every other passer in the draft, opinions vary on Stanzi. But he is generally regarded as one of the Top 8 quarterbacks in the draft and someone who will be picked by the end of Round 3. (The Bee)

Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
The National Football Post reports that the 334-pound Taylor has an upcoming visit with the 49ers among other teams. It's hard to imagine Taylor slipping into the middle of the second round where the 49ers currently pick. However, his visit underscores the team's need for a NT. Starter Aubrayo Franklin is an impending unrestricted free agent.

Ryan Taylor, FB/H-back, North Carolina
The 250-pound Taylor is a fullback-tight end hybrid. He's got good size and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. His April 6 and 7 visit highlights the 49ers' desire for a fullback who fits their new offense. (The Bee)

Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
The 6-0, 225-pound Thomas will visit on April 18, according to his agent. Thomas was ultra-productive at Kansas State the last two seasons, accounting for nearly 62 percent of the Wildcats' offense. He likely will be taken in the second round. If the 49ers draft Thomas, he would be viewed as Frank Gore's heir apparent. (The Bee)

Jordan Watson, WR, Harding
Watson has good size and had good production at Harding (which, in case you were wondering, is in Arkansas). He's a late-round, free-agent possibility, although teams won't be able to sign priority free agents unless the lockout is lifted. NFL Draft Bible reports the 49ers worked out Watson earlier this month.

Raymond Webber, WR, Arkansas Pine Bluff
Webber's agent Tweets that his client will visit the 49ers, who seem to be checking out a lot of small-school receiver prospects. Webber has good size -- nearly 6-3 -- and excellent production having caught 101 passes for 1429 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010. Webber led the nation in catches and yards.

Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
The Austin American-Statesman reports that Williams has a visit lined up with the 49ers. Williams could be an option with the team's second- or third-round pick. The 6-foot corner had three interceptions in 2009, none last season.

I'll be updating this list during the next month. If you catch wind of a visit/workout, please send it along.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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