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April 1, 2014
Seeking safeties: 49ers looking at prospects in upcoming draft

The 49ers are looking at safeties. They were one of four teams who sent a scout to watch Central Arkansas' Jestin Love, a strong safety, go through his pro-day workout earlier this week. Love had a 38-inch vertical jump, leaped 10-foot, 3 inches in the broad jump and had 22 reps on the bench press. He is thought to be a third-day draft pick.

The 49ers also were on hand for Northern Illinois' safety Jimmie Ward's pro day and Trent Baalke himself attended Florida State's pro day, which for the second straight year was loaded with NFL prospects, including cornerback/safety LaMarcus Joyner.

Wide receiver and cornerback are by far the team's top needs heading into the draft. A strong argument could be made that safety is No. 3. The team is set at the starting spots with Eric Reid at free safety and Antoine Bethea at strong safety.

After that, Craig Dahl, who took a pay cut this offseason, is signed through the 2015 season and C.J. Spillman is signed through the upcoming season. The only other two players listed at safety on the roster are former Cal player D.J. Campbell, who started four games in 2012 for the Panthers, and Ray "Bubba" Ventrone, who is a special teams player.

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Thanks to draft sleuth Franco Mazzoli for pointing out this video of the 49ers working out Colorado State-Pueblo defensive tackle Mike Pennel on Monday.

-- 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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