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April 18, 2011
RBs Helu, Vereen among those attending 49ers' local pro day

The 49ers have invited 50 draft-eligible players to Santa Clara on Wednesday for their local pro day, including a running back, Roy Helu, Jr., who played at Nebraska. Helu grew up in nearby Danville, making him eligible to attend the pro day. Some of the other notable names such as Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan, Stanford nose tackle Sione Fua and Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones -- he grew up in Antioch -- will only meet with coaches and not work out with the rest of the group. Players can attend if they grew up or played collegiately in the greater San Francisco region as defined by Rand McNally.

Like Helu, Cal's Shane Vereen is considered a mid-round selection. He will be on hand as well as Cal teammates Jordan, QB Kevin Riley, cornerback Darlan Hagan, OLB Keith Browner, center Donovan Edwards, center Christopher Guarnero, guard Richard Fisher, WR Jeremy Ross and nose tackle Derrick Hill.

Most of the 49ers coaches already are very familiar with the Stanford contingent, a group that includes Fua, a possible mid-round selection at nose tackle, and fullback Owen Marecic. Running backs coach Tom Rathman spent plenty of time with Marecic at Stanford's pro day as The Bee reported last month.

Other Cardinal players include cornerback Richard Sherman, who also is getting some consideration as a wide receiver, and outside linebacker Thomas Keiser, who had to drop out of the Stanford pro day after straining his hamstring. Other Stanford players: QB Alex Loukas, K Nate Whitaker, LS Zach Nolan, CB Sterling Moore, TE Konrad Reuland, T Derek Hall, WR Doug Baldwin, WR Ryan Whalen and DL Brian Bulcke.

San Jose State: QB Jordan La Secia, G Ailao Eliapo, G Tufoua Leatiota and WR Jala Beauchman.

The other quarterbacks attending are Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli (San Francisco), Massachussets-Amhert's Kyle Havens (Concord) and Nebraska's Zachary Lee (San Francisco).

-- 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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