Sakamoto: 49ers’ GM Trent Baalke Attends DE Kevin Dodd Private Workout, Pat Flaherty And Justin Chabot Attend Ole Miss Pro Day

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There is no question that the San Francisco 49ers need to improve their pass-rushing presence off the edge. A team that lost OLB Aldon Smith before the start of the 2015 season, it has been a nightmare at the outside linebacker position aside from promising third-year OLB Aaron Lynch.

A a result, last Thursday, the 49ers worked out Clemson pass-rushing specialist DE/OLB Kevin Dodd. At 6-5, 277, Dodd’s best attribute may be his non-stop motor. Whether shedding blocks or occupying double teams, Dodd is not one to shy away from contact at the point of attack while always being in pursuit.

Not to mention, Dodd is very fundamentally sound, there is no doubt in my mind that 49ers GM Trent Baalke thinks very highly of him. But don’t take my word for it, as the 49ers Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina was closely watching Dodd at his Clemson Pro Day.

Known a little bit as a ‘tweener,’ Dodd will likely project as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. To think that the 49ers would use their No. 7 overall pick on Dodd is unlikely. However, I have to say I was extremely shocked when the team drafted ‘young pup’ OLB Aldon Smith so anything is possible. But with that said, look for the 49ers to trade back, get more picks, and then target Dodd, if they feel the value is there in the later half of the first-round.

However, Dodd isn’t the only prospect garnering attention from the 49ers scouting department, as National Scout Justin Chabot and OLC Pat Flaherty attended today’s Ole Miss Pro Day. Flaherty was seen leading offensive line drills as Chabot looked on. The 49ers will be hosting Ole Miss’ WR Laquon Treadwell and DE Robert Nkemdiche for pre-draft visits later this month, leading me to believe the pro day may have been used just as another resource to cross-check their research with the Ole Miss coaching staff and faculty.

In other news, the team will also host Baylor WR Corey Coleman for a pre-draft visit while the team will attend a private workout for WR Leonte Carroo. Below is pre-draft visit tracker along with private workouts to date:

30 Pre-Draft Visits

WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)

WR Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss)

DE Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)

DE Shaq Lawson (Clemson)

DE/OLB Kevin Dodd (Clemson)

CB Mackensie Alexander (Clemson)

CB Eli Apple (Ohio St.)


Private Workout

WR Leonte Carroo (Rutgers)

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