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April 28, 2012
Round 6B: 49ers take center Jason Slowey from Western Oregon

The 49ers added their second interior offensive lineman of the day in Jason Slowey, who played left tackle for Division II Western Oregon but who projects to center with the 49ers.

Slowey, who also starred at shotput and discus, said he wasn't a workout warrior when he arrived at school. He weighed only 260 pounds, and when he was asked to bench press 225 pounds, he was only able to do three repetitions.

He's a wee bit stronger today.

Slowley said he now weighs 305 pounds and he blasted out 38 reps of 225 pounds at Western Oregon's pro day. He said he's done as many as 45 repetitions.

Slowey took part in the Players All-Star Classic in February where he presumably caught the eyes of 49ers scouts. They also attended his pro day. His only pre-draft visit of the season was to Santa Clara -- he met with Mike Solari and Jim Harbaugh -- and he said that the 49ers by far had shown the most interest.

He said there are about 5,000 students at Western Oregon and the school has 12 football scholarships that are divided among the players. (Slowey, for example, had his tuition covered). Slowey also showed a nastiness (see: below) at left tackle that likely impressed the 49ers.

"There's a blue-collar mentality," he said of the school. "Everything you get is through hard work." It sounds like he'll feel comfortable in one of Harbaugh's blue mechanic's shirts.

-- 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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