A busy day for 49ers scouts across the nation

Wednesday was a busy day for 49ers scouts spread across the nation as Wisconsin, Florida, Oklahoma, BYU and UNLV all took part in Pro Days. Here are some initial reports from the Big Three - Florida, Wisconsin and Oklahoma - who all have prospects that are being checked out by the Niners.


Receiver Chad Jackson and defensive end Jeremy Mincey were among the 12 former Florida Gators working out for scouts from approximately 25 NFL teams at The Swamp.

Players were measured and weighed, checked out in the weight room for strength and endurance, and then taken out on the field where they were timed in the 40, run through some agility drills and finally given a chance to do some individual work for the scouts.

Jackson didn't run the 40 Wednesday but he didn't need to. He already has turned in blazing fast times at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago, workouts that pretty much sealed him in as a possible first rounder. The 49ers may be interested if he lasts into the early stages of the second round.

Basically, Jackson was there to look good and to run a few routes while C.J. Leak threw him some passes. When it comes to Jackson, the scouts were here in Gainesville to talk to Florida's coaches, check out some more film on him and to further handle some due diligence to check for any personal issues or history with law enforcement.

Mincey, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end, had good workouts in Indianapolis but his 40 times Wednesday probably elevated his draft status to perhaps as high as third or fourth round. One watch had Mincey at 4.67 on his first 40 and 4.53 on the other. Most of the scouts had Mincey in the 4.65-4.68 range on the first run while there was greater discrepancy on the second.

Mincey is being projected by some teams as an outside guy in a 3-4 setup that will allow him to both rush the passer and drop off into coverage in a zone.

The fastest unofficial 40 time of the day was turned in by Dee Webb, who turned in a 4.38 on his first run and 4.31 on his second. Other unofficial times included Jarvis Herring (4.69 and 4.62), Vernell Brown (4.47 and 4.51), Lance Butler (5.29 and 5.27), Mike Degory (5.45 and 5.29), Randy Hand (5.27 and 5.23), Tavares Washington (5.22 and 5.10), Todd McCullough (4.99 and 4.91), Markell Thompson (4.90), Zephrine Augustine (4.59) and Tre Orr (4.63).

The 40 times were all hand held Wednesday so there was discrepancy. Some watches had Randy Hand as low as 4.97.


Just a little more than a week after posting a 4.60 and a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, former University of Wisconsin star tailback Brian Calhoun ran a much-improved 4.38 at Wisconsin's pro timing day Wednesday afternoon at the McClain Center.

Calhoun, who weighed in at 204 pounds, also posted a 38-inch vertical jump, 4.0 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.78 seconds in the 3-cone drill. He took part in pass-catching drills and caught mock punts and acquitted himself well.

Here are some highlights from other players, several of them being scouted by the Niners:

--- Fullback Matt Bernstein took part in a full workout after missing most of his senior season while suffering from osteitis pubis, an inflammation of the muscles at or near the pubic symphysis, which is the point at which the right and left pubic bones meet. Bernstein, who weighed in at a relatively lithe (for him) 259 pounds, posted 25 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press (tied for the highest at UW's Pro Day), 33½ inches on the vertical jump, a 4.8-second 40-yard dash, a 4.34-second 20-yard shuttle and a 7.27-second 3-cone drill. Those are some solid numbers, and Bernstein is a prospect the 49ers would consider early on the second day of the draft to groom at fullback for the future.

--- Tight end Owen Daniels, tight end did not take part in running, jumping or lifting tests after performing well at the combine, but he ran routes and caught passes for the scouts. He looked better than he did during his senior season, when he was hampered by injury.

--- Eastern Illinois defensive end Kory Lothe also took part in Wisconsin's Pro day, and the Sun Prairie, Wis., native did very well, with the third-highest bench press total (22 reps) and the third-best vertical jump (38.5 inches). Weighing in at 268 pounds, Lothe also ran the 40 in 4.68 seconds, broad jumped 10-3, vertical jumped 38½ inches, and completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.29 seconds.

--- Intriguing WR prospect Jonathan Orr ran the fastest 40-yard dash time at the event, covering the distance in a blazing 4.25 seconds. He also tied for the best vertical jump at 39 inches.

--- Offensive lineman Jason Palermo did 18 reps on the bench press and had a 29-inch vertical jump.

--- Tight end Jason Pociask had a 36-inch vertical jump, 4.73-second 40-yard dash, 4.24-second 20-yard shuttle, 12-second 60-yard shuttle, 36-inch vertical jump…weighed in at 264 pounds… Started slow in the pass receiving drills, but toward the end was doing as well as any receiver, running back or tight end in attendance. He has individual workouts scheduled with the New England Patriots for March 14 and with the Dallas Cowboys for March 20. Will also set one up with the Atlanta Falcons.

--- Center Donovan Raiola did 25 reps on the bench press. He did not take part in running or jumping tests, but did participate in positional drill work.

--- Cornerback Levonne Rowan pulled his hamstring while running a quick 4.28 40-yard dash and did not participate in the rest of the drills.

--- Linebacker Dontez Sanders had a 33 ½ inch vertical jump but did only six reps on the bench press.

--- Linebacker LaMarr Watkins had a 30½ inch vertical jump and did 16 reps on the bench press.

--- Wide receiver Brandon White took part in every drill. He did 14 reps on the bench press and had a 35-inch vertical jump.

--- Another top receiving prospect, Brandon Williams, ran well, just as he did at the NFL Combine. Williams ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and had a 39-inch vertical jump.

Wisconsin Notebook

--- Former University of Wisconsin offensive line coach Jim Hueber, now with the Minnesota Vikings, attended Pro Day and ran the positional drill for his former pupils, Raiola and Palermo.

--- Also in attendance was Jeff Horton. Like Hueber, Horton was a long-time member of the Badger coaching staff under former head coach Barry Alvarez. Formerly UW's quarterbacks coach, Horton is now a special assistant for the offense with the St. Louis Rams.

--- Notable absences among UW's 2005 senior class included guard Matt Lawrence and cornerback Brett Bell.


Most of the top Sooners took part in Wednesday's workout, though some relied on combine results. Two players not invited to the combine, fullback J.D. Runnels and defensive back Eric Bassey, looked especially good.

Here's a look at some of the participants:

--- Eric Bassey/DB (5-11.5/195): 37.5/vert, 9-8/broad, 4.41/4.33-forty, 3.92 20 shuttle, 7.07 3-cone, 17-reps/bench

--- Chris Bush/OL (6-3/305): 26.5/vert, 8-4/broad, 5.33/5.38-forty, 4.87/4.81 20 shuttle, 8.14 3-cone, 18-reps/bench

--- Dusty Dvoracek/DT (6-2/306): 9-6/broad, 4.81/4.81-forty, 4.51/4.47 20 shuttle, 7.59 3-cone

--- Kejuan Jones/RB (5-7/185): 33/vert, 9-4 broad, 4.59/4.61-forty, 4.24/4.15 20 shuttle, 7.44 3-cone, 14-reps/bench

--- Davin Joseph/G (6-2/305): 4.73/4.73 20 shuttle, 7.75 3-cone

--- James Moses/TE (6-2/244): 32/vert, 4.58/4.36 20 shuttle, 22-reps/bench

--- Chijoke Onyenegecha/CB (6-1/212): 36.5/vert, 10-2 broad, 4.46/4.48-forty, 4.34 20 shuttle, 7.23 3-cone

--- Jejaun Rankins/WR (5-9/181): 35.5 vert, 4.50/4.43 20 shuttle, 7.36 3-cone

--- J.D. Runnels/FB (5-11/238): 35/vert, 10-0 broad, 4.54/4.54-forty, 4.25/4.30 20 shuttle, 7.00 3-cone, 28-reps/bench

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