Ohio State star linebacker set to visit 49ers
Scout.com has confirmed that Ohio State senior A.J. Hawk is set to visit the 49ers before the April 29-30 draft. The consensus All-American linebacker is among the select few defenders the 49ers are considering with their No. 6 overall pick in the first round of the college lottery. That is, if Hawk still is available at that point. Many draft analysts are now considering him a top-5 pick. But with at least two teams ahead of the 49ers considering top prospects at quarterback with their first pick, several scenarios exist where a top prospect such as Hawk or North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams - generally considered the top two defensive players in the draft - could be available when the 49ers go on the clock. Williams also has a visit set with the 49ers, who will have a better feel for each player after having them in for a face-to-face meeting at the team facility. The 49ers also have visits set with Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway, USC defensive back Darnell Bing and Oregon receiver Demetrius Williams. It orginally was believed that the Niners would have as many as 20 players in for visits or workouts before the draft. But 49ers vice president of player personnel Scot McCloughan recently said the team plans to have private interviews with just five to eight prospects before the draft. Hawk, universally rated as the No. 1 linebacker in a linebacker-rich draft, also has confirmed visits with the New York Jets - who select fourth overall in the first round - and the Detroit Lions, who own the ninth overall pick but may be looking to move up.
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