49ers give tryouts to three defensive linemen

In their continuing effort to get bigger and better along the defensive line, and looking to upgrade the back end of their depth chart on that unit, the 49ers gave tryouts this week to two big rookie defensive tackles and a seven-year NFL veteran end with 23.5 career sacks.

Here's a look at each of the linemen who were in for tryouts this week. The 49ers have not offered any of the three a contract.

DE Tony Bryant: Bryant played in all 16 games the past two seasons with the New Orleans Saints, recording 26 tackles and four sacks last season while also knocking down four passes at the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-6, 282-pound Bryant played his first four NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders, averaging 31 tackles and five sacks through his first three seasons with the team. He has recorded 162 tackles in 82 NFL games with 23.5 sacks. Along with Michael Haynes and DeQuincy Scott, Bryant is considered among the best veteran defensive ends still available on the open market.

DT Sir Henry Anderson: The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Anderson is a rookie out of Oregon State who has spent time this year with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. Anderson is a good-sized defensive tackle with good athletic ability, but his college career was marked with inconsistency. Hasquick feet for a 300-pound DT, accelerates to full speed quickly and has a good closing burst on the ball. While he lacks the explosiveness and pass-rush moves to be an impact inside rusher, he does get enough of a push to force early throws and also get hits on the quarterback and can be productive when he plays with leverage and is aggressive with his hands. He could play tackle for the 49ers both in 4-3 and 3-4 sets, and is best suited for nose tackle duties in a 4-3 scheme where the defense flips the under tackle around the nose tackle, or as the nose tackle for a team that plays a 3-4 defense.

DT Alvin Smith: A college teammate of Anderson's, Smith offers beefy size in the middle at 6-foot-3 and 322 pounds, but he couldn't break into the lineup on a very tough San Diego Chargers defensive line as an undrafted rookie free agent this summer. Smith had 46 tackles, three sacks and 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage during the final two seasons of a college career that was marked by inconsistency. Smith is quick off the snap, flashes power and plays with leverage. Has a burst of speed, redirects to the action and is consistently doubled by opponents. But he lacks strength, can be handled by one blocker and tends to wear down easily.


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