Sakamoto: 49ers’ To Host Pre Draft Visit For Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith


The San Francisco 49ers are continuing to play host to top college prospects as Notre Dame ILB Jaylon Smith  will be making a pre-draft visit to Levi’s Stadium in the coming weeks. The 49ers who are allocated 30 pre-draft visits aside from local players, will bring in Smith to re-check a gruesome knee injury he suffered in the Fiesta Bowl in which he tore both his ACL and LCL.

Smith who was ranked No. 1 on my big board before his injury, will likely get re-evaluated by the 49ers medical staff on his visit while gauging the progress on his knee.

When healthy, Smith has the rare blend of range, speed, and athleticism that even LB Myles Jack (UCLA) can’t touch. A tough, physical, and aggressive player with natural instincts, it’s Smith who would bring that sideline-to-sideline presence opposite of ILB NaVorro Bowman that has been missing since ILB Chris Borland and ILB Patrick Willis abruptly retired.

But would the 49ers select the Notre Dame product at No. 7? I don’t think so as 49ers GM Trent Baalke would likely trade down in the mid teens to early 20’s to take him.

The 49ers lead the NFL with a league-high 12 draft picks in this upcoming draft, which means Baalke and company will likely be big movers on draft day. We will just have to wait and see how this draft plays out.


30 Pre-Draft Visits

WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)

WR Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss)

DE Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)

DE/OLB Shaq Lawson (Clemson)

DE/OLB Kevin Dodd (Clemson)

ILB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame)

CB Mackensie Alexander (Clemson)

CB Eli Apple (Ohio St.)


Private Workout

QB Jared Goff (Cal)

QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.)

WR Leonte Carroo (Rutgers)

DE/OLB Shaq Lawson (Clemson)

DE/OLB Kevin Dodd (Clemson)

LB B.J. Goodson (Clemson)


Pro Day Meeting

OG Joshua Garnett (Stanford)

OT Lars Hanson (Sacramento St.)

T/G Rees Odhiambo (Boise St.)

TE Nick Vannett (Ohio St.)

WR Tyler Boyd (Pitt)

WR Keyarris Garrett (Tulsa)

WR De’Runnya Wilson (MSU)

DE Mike Rose (NC State)

DE/OLB C.J. Johnson (Ole Miss)

OLB Beniquez Brown (MSU)

OLB Darron Lee (Ohio St.)

OLB Yannick Ngakoue (Maryland)

CB Kennya Dennis (Missouri)

CB Taveze Calhoun (MSU)

CB Zack Sanchez (Oklahoma)

CB Blake Countess (Auburn)


Senior Bowl Meeting

NT Austin Johnson (Penn St.)

ILB Reggie Ragland (Alabama)


East/West Shrine Bowl Meeting

QB Vernon Adams (Eastern Washington)

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