Last year saw the San Francisco 49ers trade-up in the first-round (No. 18) and draft FS Eric Reid. The Niners brass were so impressed with the former LSU product after his pro-day that they gave up an additional third-round pick (No. 74) in order to secure his services. A one-for-two trade, as the 49ers also surrendered their first-round pick (No. 31), it was well worth the risk as Reid became a Pro Bowl player in his rookie season. Now, as the 49ers prepare for another LSU pro day, what should the Forever Faithful expect heading into the festivity on April 9?
I have three things to look for when LSU conducts their Pro Day. And while GM Trent Baalke and HC Jim Harbaugh will likely not be in attendance, make no mistake there will be players the 49ers will be targeting. So without further ado, here are three things to watch at the Tiger Pro Timing day.
1. National Scout Justin Chabot in attendance
Analysis: Last year Chabot was at Reid’s Pro Day while the HarBaalke regime was absent. Expect more of the same this time around as the 49ers may have a high interest in WR Odell Beckham Jr. and SS Craig Loston. Two players that would provide depth while filling needs, it would not surprise me to see one or both of these players wearing red and gold next season.
2. Beckham’s impressive pro day
Analysis: Not too many NFL analysts have been giving Beckham the credit he deserves but make no mistake that will all change after his Pro Day. A true burner as he will likely run an unofficial 40-yard time in the sub 4.3’s, Beckham’s rare blend of speed and athleticism will prove note worthy. Not to mention, he is projected to be a first-round pick, Beckham’s Pro Day may place him in the mid first-round as he’s one of the most NFL-ready wide receivers coming out.
3. Loston improving draft stock
Analysis: The former teammate of Reid, Loston will be looking to improve on his suspect 4.65 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine. Look for him to run in the sub 4.5’s possibly as fast as a 4.56. In addition to improving on his numbers look for Loston to look clean in his positional drills, as his hard hitting ability and leadership skills overshadow his ability to cover which in turn should sky-rocket his draft stock.