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April 15, 2011
Lucky 7? Linebacker Quinn visits the 49ers

Robert Quinn, a strong possibility for the 49ers with the No. 7 pick, visited the team this week, according to a source with knowledge of the visit. Quinn played defensive end at North Carolina, but 3-4 teams like the 49ers are eying him as an outside linebacker. After Texas A&M's Von Miller, who also visited this week, Quinn is seen as the best outside linebacker in the draft.

While Miller has more quickness and experience, Quinn has better size. He weighed in at 264 pounds at his pro day last month and ran his 40-yard in 4.57 seconds. He had 24 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press, had a 33-inch vertical leap and had a broad jump - something that scouts see as an indication of a player's burst off the edge - of 10 feet, 5 ½ inches. General manager Trent Baalke and college scouting director Joel Patten were on hand for that workout, according to the school.

One of the question marks about Quinn is, if he is placed in a 3-4 scheme, how well he will be able to drop into coverage, something that scouts feel Miller could handle well. In addition, Quinn was forced to sit out the 2010 season after accepting gifts - travel accommodations and jewelry - from an agent. He also was diagnosed in high school with a benign brain tumor that has required monitoring every six months with an MRI.

Along with Quinn and Miller, cornerback Prince Amukamara has visited the 49ers and another cornerback, Patrick Peterson, is scheduled to stop by next week. One of those players, along with Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, is likely to be taken at pick No. 7. Coach Jim Harbaugh attended Gabbert's pro day. It is not known whether Gabbert has a visit with the 49ers.

-- 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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