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Posted on: February 28, 2010 11:47 am
 

Impressions from first QB-WR session -- WR Report

I was among the fortunate handful of media members allowed to venture inside Lucas Oil Stadium to watch this morning's quarterback and wide receivers workouts. Because I have to head back out to cover the second session in just a few moments, I don't have enough to time to really break down the 20+ players I watched.

However, here were my impressions of a few noteworthy receivers.

The highest rated receiver of this bunch is Illinois' Arrelious Benn, but today was not an impressive one for him. Benn struggled with his footwork today, slipping on multiple occasions on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf. He also struggled catching the ball, dropping a few passes during the gauntlet drill and while running routes. He looked particularly bad by having a hot, but accurate pass go right through his hands on during the gauntlet and subsequently dropping another one by turning his hands the wrong way when attempting to catch a poorly thrown post-corner route. Benn did not look overly explosive, though his strong frame is sure to intrigue scouts.

The most consistently impressive catcher on this day was another junior, Kansas' Dezmon Briscoe. Briscoe's long arms and good body control was often on display, as he was able to adjust to several poorly thrown passes and make sparking receptions. He doesn't appear to be the quickest receiver out of his breaks, but his long strides help him generate good speed down the sidelines.

Cal's Ryan Boateng was a surprise early star during the session, looking fluid during drills and catching everything in sight. He caught the ball with his hands and adjusted smoothly to poorly thrown balls -- an impressive feat considering his 6-1, 204 pound frame. Boateng struggled a bit later, failing to adjust adequately to deep balls, which will be a concern. Otherwise, he was one of the session's more impressive performers.

Florida's Riley Cooper was a bit inconsistent with his routes and hands on this day. He is more explosive than some give him credit for, but certainly doesn't have elite burst out of his breaks. He caught most passes with his hands, but didn't show great flexibility or determination to adjust to poorly thrown balls, too often just putting one hand up to attempt to make the sparkling reception. On one occasion he made a nice grab by doing so; on another he dropped it.

LSU return specialist Trindon Holliday was a surprise addition to the receiver workouts. His speed is certainly intriguing, but he dropped a few passes, including a bad on a deep ball that floated right into -- and through -- his hands.

Wide receivers who worked out this morning were: Fresno State's Seyi Ajirotutu, West Virginia's Alec Arnett, Kansas State's Brandon Banks, Norfolk State's Chris Bell, Illinois' Arrelious Benn, Cal's Ryan Boateng, Kansas' Dezmon Briscoe, Central Michigan Antonio Brown, Cal-Davis' Chris Carter, Florida's Riley Cooper, Connecticut's Marcus Easley, Clemson's Jacoby Ford, Wake Forest's David Gettis, Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard, Mississippi's Shay Hodge, Florida's Brandon James, Youngstown State's Donald Jones, San Jose State's Kevin Jurovich.

Due to injury, Missouri's Danario Alexander, Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant and Minnesota's Eric Decker did not work out this morning.
Posted on: February 25, 2010 11:53 am
 

49ers thinking RB early?

With an established star in Frank Gore and last year's third round pick Glen Coffee, the 49ers would seem to be in position to ignore running back this year and instead focus on other concerns.

However, with a second pick in the first round this year (trade last April with Carolina) and the NFC West suddenly wide open due to the retirement of Kurt Warner, the 49ers could elect to splurge on an immediate impact threat. 

Drafting another running back high is a strategy that general manager Scot McCloughan seemed to endorse, though not mentioning any player by name, in his question and answer session with the media that unofficially opened the 2010 Combine.

"We could," McCloughan admitted. "I think it comes down to what will be his role with us? Would there be any special teams value involved in it? I think where you take him in the draft is going to depend on what role he's going to have with us.

McCloughan was quick to point that the pick wouldn't be to replace star Frank Gore, but to compliment him.

"Frank Gore is a really good football player for us and we expect him to be a really good football player for us for the next couple years," McCloughan said. "We also understand that he can't go forever. If we can try to limit his carries now somewhat -- he doesn't like it -- but if we protect him [we'll be better]. Our vision is we need him for those 16 games and for the playoffs."

The 49ers haven't had more than one punt and/or kick return touchdown in any season since the Steve Young era...

Whether it in the first round with a CJ Spiller, the second or third for a Dexter McCluster or the late rounds for a Brandon James/Brandon Banks type, expect to see the club address this concern on draft day.





 
 
 
 
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