Posted: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013
By Trevor Woods
Thursday, March 21 Pro Days: Boise State, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico State, Old Dominion, Stanford, Stony Brook, Temple, William & Mary
CB Jamar Taylor - Taylor had a 4.39 forty at the combine to go along with 22 reps of 225 lbs. Taylor has shown he is superior to those he has to cover and usually shuts them down. He could be an option for the 49ers in round two. If he played in a bigger conference Taylor probably would be a round one choice, but playing in the Mountain West Conference doesn't always help a players stock.
Outside linebackers - Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree are both highly touted prospects who will be watched closely today for different reasons. Jones didn't participate in any combine drills, instead only meeting with teams. Jones will probably end up being a top ten pick, but he will have to have a solid pro day to seal the deal on that draft grade. Ogletree was arrested last month for drunk driving. He is a first round talent, but the arrest hurt his stock. A stellar showing will have a team worrying less about character concerns and draft him.
Safety Bacarri Rambo - Not only does Rambo have a cool last name, he also has the killer instincts of the Stallone movie character. Rambo has sixteen interceptions in his college career. Besides ball skills, Rambo is physical and delivers big hits and Rambo could be a bargain pick in the third round.
Stanford is an interesting team to look at because the prospects were originally recruited and signed by Jim Harbaugh during his tenure as Cardinal head coach.
RB Stepfan Taylor - Before the combine, Taylor was more than likely going to be a third round pick. Then Taylor ran a 4.76 forty at the combine. I was expecting a high 4.5 time or low 4.6 time. I expect Taylor to improve his forty time and boost his stock back up a bit. Stepfan did nothing but produce at Stanford, rushing for 1,000+ yards three seasons. While he isn't the most exciting back to watch, this is a game of inches, and Taylor seems to have a knack for moving the chains.
OLB Chase Thomas - Thomas is the embodiment of the "blue collar" player Jim Harbaugh always speaks of. Thomas doesn't do one thing "flashy", but he does things consistently, and gets the job done. His 4.91 forty at the combine is one he will improve on today. His best traits are defending the run and pass rushing, his ability to do both are above average. Thomas will be a solid 3-4 linebacker in the pros.
TE Zach Ertz - Ertz could be the first tight end off the board in the draft and I highly doubt he drops down to the 49ers. He comes from a pro scheme offense and should have a good transition from college to pros. Ertz is a good route runner and can create mismatches in a heartbeat at 6'5".
TE Levine Toilolo: Toilolo would be a later round option. At 6'7" he can create mismatches just as Ertz can, but Toilolo is a lot more raw. He has been driven back by defenders in run blocking more times than he should be. If he wants to have a career in the NFL he must improve his blocking. Toilolo decided to forgo his senior season, so we aren't talking about a red-shirt senior prospect. He is young and probably would have became a second or third round choice if he decided to stay at Stanford. I believe he can be coached up nicely.