Three more prospects set to visit with 49ers

The 49ers have visits set with three more top college prospects, two of whom the team will consider with its No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Here are thumbnail capsules on each of the three – along with capsules on the other two players who have confirmed visits scheduled with the team – and a full list of collegiate player visits or private player workouts that have or will be completed with the 49ers at least a week before the April 29-30 draft.

As reported by SFI on Tuesday, Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk is set to visit 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara later this week. We also have confirmed that Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, Virginia Tech defensive back Jimmy Williams and Miami of Ohio linebacker John Busing are set to visit with the team in the coming weeks. As was previously reported, USC defensive back Darnell Bing also will fly into the Bay Area for a visit with the 49ers at the team facility.

North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway and Oregon receiver Demetrius Williams also have had or will have private workouts with the team.

Davis is considered the top tight end available in this year's draft and a player who possesses star potential at the professional level. If the 49ers take an offensive player with their No. 6 overall pick in the first round, Davis is believed to be the top candidate they are considering. It also is believed that Davis would be there at the No. 6 pick as most analysts have him rated between 6 and 10 among the top 10 prospects available in the draft.

Jimmy Williams also is considered a top-10 pick and is rated as the No. 2 defensive back available behind Texas' Michael Huff, another player the 49ers are considering.

Busing is not a candidate for one of San Francisco's top picks. He is a prospect for the later rounds that the 49ers would considering drafting for depth and development at the outside linebacker position.

Here are thumbnail capsules of the five players who are set to have confirmed visits with the 49ers at team headquarters:

A.J. HAWK

School: Ohio State. Position: Outside linebacker

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 248 40: 4.57 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign. Led Ohio State in tackles the past three years posting 121/16.5/9.5 as a senior. Awarded All-American honors last year. Junior numbers included 141/8/1.

Positives: Intense, aggressive linebacker who strives to be the best. Plays with outstanding explosion, and displays tremendous sideline-to-sideline range. Fast in pursuit, flashes on the scene and flies around the ball. Immediately alters his angle of attack or redirects to the action and effectively uses hand technique to protect himself. Gets depth on drops, displaying a good backpedal in coverage.

Negatives: Does not always play under great control. Must improve his tackling technique as he tends to go high on ball carriers.

Analysis: A productive defender on the field, Hawk is the consummate three-down player who will quickly find a starting job in the NFL at a number of linebacker spots.

VERNON DAVIS

School: Maryland. Position: Tight end

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 254 40: 4.40 Year: 3Jr

Bio: All-Conference and All-American selection as a junior after totaling 51/871/6. Sophomore totals were 27/441/3, when he started six games. Ran 4.41 at the combine, totaling 33 repetitions on the bench press.

Positives: Explosive athlete swiftly developing into an outstanding football player. Quick off the snap, gets downfield and creates mismatches in the secondary. Plays with good pad level, adjusts to the throw and makes the difficult reception in a crowd. Has soft hands, and is a sturdy pass catcher who takes the big hit then holds onto the ball. Immediately transitions up the field running after the reception. Solid route-runner who quickly gets into breaks then stays low on exit. Shields opponents away with his frame or physically beats them down to make the catch. Strong, controls opponents at the point blocking or beats jam at the line of scrimmage.

Negatives: Still raw and indecisive on the field. Not a dominant drive blocker who finishes.

Analysis: An exceptional athlete, Davis offers tremendous upside potential. Continuing to make strides in all areas of his game, he is a top 12 pick who will grow into a complete tight end at the next level.

JIMMY WILLIAMS

School: Virginia Tech. Position: Safety/cornerback

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 213 40: 4.47 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore. All-Conference cornerback the past two seasons totaling 44/1/6 as a senior after 60/5/14 the prior year. Sophomore totals included 114 tackles at free safety.

Positives: Imposing defensive back who physically beats down opponents. Fluid transitioning off the line and easily out-muscles opponents to defend the pass. Quick up the field defending the run and possesses a burst of closing speed. Displays solid footwork in all directions and above-average ball skills.

Negatives: Prefers to side-shuffle almost immediately off the snap. Does not quickly break to the throw. Slow locating the ball when his back is to the action. Timing and anticipation need improvement.

Analysis: A forceful defender best facing the action, Williams' size, strength and marginal cornerback fundamentals all dictate a move to center field. Can make an immediate impact at safety in the NFL.

JOHN BUSING

School: Miami-Ohio. Position: Outside linebacker

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 222 40: 4.79 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after leading the team in tackles with 97/8.5/2.

Positives: Instinctive defender who consistently puts himself in a position to make plays. Takes good angles to the action and stays with assignments. Displays ability in space and is effective in zone coverage. Effectively uses hand technique to protect himself, works hard to get involved in the play and wraps up tackling.

Negatives: Lacks sideline-to-sideline range, is slow shedding blocks and can appear removed from the action.

Analysis: A good college football player with an improved game, Busing is a backup linebacker in the NFL who must excel on special teams.

DARNELL BING

School: USC. Position: Safety

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 227 40: 4.58 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign and also gained All-America notice last season. Posted 41/4/6 last year after 63/2/7 as a sophomore.

Positives: Forceful safety developing a complete game. Has a burst of closing speed, is fluid changing direction and is fast to the flanks. Shows a decisive move to the ball and flashes on the scene. Disciplined in centerfield and keeps the action in front of him.

Negatives: Likes to go for the knockout blow and does not wrap up tackling. Late in transition and slow locating the ball in man coverage situations.

Analysis: Sporting outstanding size, Bing should be a very productive as either a traditional strong safety or in a two-deep system at the next level.


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