Niners checking out Shrine prospects

While the NFL playoffs are down to the final four in this weekend's conference championship games, the remaining 28 NFL teams are scurrying to get a jump start on the offseason. That includes a slew of coaching changes, a smattering of contract signings and representatives from all 32 teams at this week's East-West Shrine Game, where Niners scouts are evaluation several prospects.

San Francisco scouts will be among the large contingent on Saturday at Robertson Stadium in Houston for the first significant get-together for prospects on the all-star circuit. Here's a look at a few players who have stood out during the week of practice:

QB Brian Hoyer, Michigan State: He still looked like the best quarterback on the field Tuesday because of his size, zip and accuracy.

RB Marlon Lucky, Nebraska: Lucky has better size than Northwestern's Tyrell Sutton and has showed nice hands and is a nice straight-ahead runner.

TE Brian Mandeville, Northeastern: Mandeville is a somewhat lanky 6-feet-7, but his ability as a receiver and to control the linebacker or defensive end on his side of the line makes him a solid Sunday selection.

LB Mortty Ivy, West Virginia: His ability to drop deep in a hurry and play physically on the line makes him a perfect strong-side linebacker prospects.

CBs Bradley Fletcher (Iowa) and Don Carey (Norfolk State): Both looked good earlier in the week, breaking up multiple passes. Carey displayed good recovery speed, so even if he wasn't quite on his man route immediately, he usually got back quickly enough to prevent the big play. He was also physical on the line against Aaron Kelly (Clemson). Fletcher has better size than Carey at 6-feet, 195 pounds, but Carey plays bigger than his 5-11, 186. The two did have a non-all-star moment, through, as they ran into each other when their men crossed quickly after their release on the right side of the formation.

Others receiving attention:

DT Ron Brace, Boston College: Could be a possible nose tackle option.
OT/G Jamon Meredith, South Carolina: Appears to fit best as a potential guard in the NFL.

S Kevin Ellison, USC: Overshadowed by his more accomplished running mate at USC.

DE Michael Bennett, Texas A&M: Could be a prospect for the edge at OLB in 49ers' 3-4 scheme.

OT Fenuki Tupou, Oregon OT: He could fit in as a right tackle in the NFL, and the 49ers are looking for a right tackle.


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