Sakamoto: Valley Christian High School Star WR Bryan Fobbs Turns Heads At 49ers Pro Day


The San Francisco 49ers held their local pro day yesterday, and while there were many Bay Area NFL hopefuls trying to make names for themselves, there were only a handful in my eyes that actually stood out. 

In years past under then head coach Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers would usually run their pro days typical to a normal Wednesday practice. A very fast but efficient way to ensure that all positional groups get their needed reps while displaying their progress in front of the team’s coaching staff.

And not much has changed, as the 49ers scouting department led by GM Trent Baalke had strength and conditioning coach Mark “Uye” Uyeyama kickoff the festivities with the team’s normal stretching regime. From loosening up the hips with the carioca drill to stretching out the side butt with lateral lunges, Uye ensured that all participants were properly stretched out before the real work began.

However, there wasn’t much to evaluate, as the only two players who stood out to me were G Joshua Garnett (Stanford) and WR Bryan Fobbs (Saginaw Valley St.). Garnett, quickly caught my attention as he was working extremely closely with OLC Pat Flaherty.

During the set-and-punch drill, where the offensive lineman would set their wide-base while shifting in a pass-set at a 45-degree angle, Garnett did this flawlessly while putting on a clinic. He displayed great strength, balance, and athleticism for a 6-4, 312, offensive guard.

I caught up with Garnett after practice and asked who he modeled his game after and if Stanford product G David DeCastro was one of the guys, since I saw some similarities in their game. Coincidentally, DeCastro was ‘the guy.”

Garnett went on to say that his entire family are Forever Faithful and that he would have to take a pic with his 49ers hat to show off to his Mom.

But Garnett wasn’t the only player creating buzz around Levi’s Stadium as WR Bryan Fobbs (Saginaw Valley St.) from Valley Christian High School impressed me. During positional drills, Fobbs along with many other wide receivers were asked to run complex corner routes, out-routes, digs, quick slants, and double-moves and Fobbs looked like the cream of the crop.

Fobbs showed good explosion coming out of the blocks while possessing the agility and quickness to find the ball hauling in catch after catch. He almost made the play of the day with a one-handed catch in front of Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina but that fell just short.

Fobbs also played local ball at De Anza Community College, so it’s pretty cool to get behind a local San Jose native. Just watch his highlight film above and you can paint a picture for yourself on how good this kid can be.

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of, 49ers Beat Writer, Live Game Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report and member of Pro Football Writers of America. Born and raised in San Jose, he also graduated from San Diego State University. His work has been featured on NFL Network, 95.7 The Game, National Football Post, Sports Illustrated, FanSided Network, ESPN Radio, CBS Sports 810, and NBC Bay Area News. For more information, please contact him via email at or call him at (408) 622-0996.