Niners to meet with 18 prospects before draft

Would the 49ers pull the trigger on Matt Stafford or Mark Sanchez with the No. 10 pick in the draft later this month? That's debatable, but the team definitely will be looking for a QB somewhere during draft weekend. Sanchez and Josh Freeman will visit with the team next week, and SFI has obtained a list of 18 prospects scheduled to meet with the team before the draft. Here's a glimpse of each.

These 18 prospects all have either visited or worked out with the team already, or are scheduled to visit or scheduled to work out sometime before the draft.

In addition to Sanchez, whom the 49ers had a look at during USC's Pro Day earlier this week, the talented Freeman also will be coming to the team facility for a visit next week.

While Sanchez and Stafford are the top dogs at quarterback in this year's draft – and both could be gone by the time the 49ers pick in the first round – Freeman is a big (6-fooot-6, 250 pounds) prospect who is rising up draft boards and could be available when the 49ers pick early in the second round.

Another talented quarterback, Central Washington's Mike Reilly, is scheduled to work out for the team before the draft. Reilly is considered a top-10 prospect on many draft boards, but he is a comer who is being heralded as a great sleeper pick whom the 49ers may be able to find in the middle rounds and develop for the future.

The 49ers are almost certain to select a running back on draft weekend, and they will have top prospects Chris Wells of Ohio State, Knowshon Moreno of Georgia, Andre Brown of North Carolina State and Donald Brown of Connecticut in to the team facility for pre-draft visits.

Also scheduled for pre-draft visits on the offensive side of the ball are Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Mississippi offensive tackle Michael Oher, both of whom are legitimate top candidates for the team's No. 10 selection in the first round.

Defensively, the 49ers are scheduled to work out San Jose State defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert and have visits with Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji, Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood, defensive ends Tyson Jackson of LSU and Pierre Walters of Eastern Illinois, linebacker Ray Maualuga of USC, cornerback Greg Toler of St. Paul's and safeties Will Moore of Missouri and Patrick Chung of Oregon.

Raji, Jackson and Maualuga all are blue-chip prospects likely to go in the top two-thirds of the first round and could be available to the 49ers with their first pick.

Moore and Chung each are considered among the top two safeties available and will be looked at closely by the 49ers on the first day of the draft.


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