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March 24, 2011
Von Miller due for a visit; Niners eying UCLA kicker

Von Miller cometh. I'm not breaking any news by reporting that the Texas A&M linebacker - and 2011 Draft Crush - is expected to visit the 49ers among many other teams. But I do know that the visit is scheduled for April 13 and 14. Typically, these players will fly in one day, have dinner with coaches that night and then tour the facility, do work on a white board, have an interview, etc. the following day. Miller, of course, is a likely option for the 49ers if he were to fall to pick No. 7.

The 49ers also have a visit scheduled with North Carolina's Ryan Taylor on April 6 and 7. Taylor is a 6-4, 250-pound fullback/H-back, who is intriguing as a receiver out of the backfield. Last season, Taylor caught 36 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers are interested in fullbacks, which were a big part of Jim Harbaugh's Stanford offense. Running backs coach Tom Rathman spent a long time with Stanford fullback Owen Marecic at that school's pro day last week.

In addition, the 49ers have a workout scheduled with UCLA kicker Kai Forbath, who won the Lou Groza Award as the nation's best kicker in 2009. The right-footed Forbath went 13-18 on field-goal attempts last season. Interestingly, Forbath did not handle kickoffs in college. However, the new rule change - moving kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35 -- has somewhat diminished the need for a kickoff specialist.

The 49ers' current kicker, Joe Nedney, has made 87 percent of his field-goal attempts since joining the 49ers in 2005. However, the 38-year-old Nedney has missed nine games over the last two seasons with injuries. The 49ers also have big-legged Fabrizio Scaccia, who kicked last year for the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions, under contract.

-- 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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