YSTL: Next player-personnel move for 49ers?
While coach Jim Harbaugh is sneaking in some basketball activities as he views NFL prospects in the Midwest, the 49ers’ personnel department is banking on a more conventional scouting tour across the country.
Most notably, 49ers director of college scouting Matt Malaspina on Wednesday attended Texas A&M’s pro day, where he reportedly had a private meeting with highly regarded wide receiver Mike Evans, according to the Houston Chronicle.
General manager Trent Baalke on Wednesday observed Wisconsin’s pro day. Two of Wisconsin’s top prospects are inside linebacker Chris Borland and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.
Evans, of course, is an intriguing option for the 49ers. Like a year ago when the 49ers targeted Eric Reid to move up in the first round, that’s what would have to happen for them to land Evans.
Evans (6 foot 4 ¾, 231 pounds) ran an official time of 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also has impressive 35 1/8 arm length -- a physical trait that gets Baalke's attention. And, combined with a 37-inch vertical leap, Evans seems to make an ideal NFL red-zone target. He was a basketball player who converted to football as a senior in high school.
“I think a lot of other basketball players should play football,” Evans said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We have the qualities. If there's a jump ball in the air, treat it like a rebound. It helps me get off the press, use my quickness like when I used to dribble. Everything just incorporates into football.”
Evans declared for the draft after his sophomore season, following a redshirt season. While catching passes from Johnny Manziel the past two seasons, he had 2,499 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns.
Harbaugh had a private workout Tuesday with Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. A day later, he was seen banking in a half-court shot during a shoot-around at the University of Kansas.