49ers draft outlook: Inside linebackers

49ers draft outlook: Inside linebackers
April 17, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Kiko Alonso (Oregon) attended the 49ers' local pro day on Wednesday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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With All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman entrenched as starters, the 49ers have no need to address this position at any point during the first two days of next week's draft.

But with five scheduled picks in the sixth and seventh rounds, the 49ers will certainly look into the possibility of adding a backup inside linebacker who can make an immediate impact on special teams.

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Who's here: Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Dan Skuta, Michael Wilhoite, Nate Stupar

Draft needs: The 49ers have not shown interest to this point in re-signing veteran inside linebackers Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden, who played roles on special teams the past two seasons. The 49ers signed special-teams ace Dan Skuta from the Cincinnati Bengals. The organization also is high on Michael Wilhoite, who did a fine job on special teams after being promoted for the final five games of the regular season.

Good fits: The late rounds can be a gold mine for inside linebackers with special-team value, so there should be plenty of options for the 49ers. Kiko Alonso (Oregon) attended the 49ers' local pro day on Wednesday, but he might be drafted a little early than the 49ers would devote a selection for this position. Nick Clancy (Boston College) is likely to be on the 49ers' radar in the late rounds.