It's hard for a rookie to make an impact for a club as talented as the 49ers. Take last year, for example, when not a single start was made by a first-year player for Jim Harbaugh's club. With the range to potentially prove an upgrade over Pro Bowler and free agent defection Dashon Goldson, however, 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid won't be on the sideline for long.
Attempting to prove he's well on his way to recovering from the torn ACL suffered on Nov. 24, Florida State pass rusher Cornellius 'Tank' Carradine worked out for scouts on Saturday. He was clocked at 4.93 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to a high-ranking league source.
Representatives from half of the NFL were on hand to see OL Luke Marquardt work out Thursday. At nearly 6-9, 315-pounds, Marquardt is an imposing physical specimen who was invited to the combine but was unable to work out there due to a broken foot. Eight NFL teams have requested meetings with Marquardt, who's expected to be the first Cougar drafted since Christian Okoye in 1987.
A fractured left wrist kept Kiko Alonso, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3-rated inside linebacker, from participating at the Senior Bowl and combine. According to a letter sent to all 32 NFL teams, the 2012 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP has been cleared by Dr. Timothy McAdams, the orthopedic surgeon for the San Francisco 49ers.