2012 NFL Draft: 3 Prospects San Francisco 49ers Should Consider After Combine

Matthew YazoContributor IFebruary 28, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Marvin McNutt #7 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is wrapped up by cornerback Alfonzo Dennard #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium November 25, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Iowa 20-7. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Ah, the NFL Scouting Combine.

The only time and place during the year where it's openly acceptable for all people to observe in one accord sweaty guys running around in their underwear.

Every year there is a standout or two, and this year is no different. Granted, this year's crop of draft picks seems to whittle down after the monstrous top five, but that just leaves more room for everyone's favorite word when it comes to the NFL draft: sleepers.

The San Francisco 49ers will be picking 30th overall.  Which is an interesting spot that typically bodes well for trades and that ol' "best player available" adage.

Going into the draft, free agency and the combine, the 49ers were in search of overall depth, especially at the wide receiver spot.

A few prospects seem to be adding to their draft stock, and they are as follows:


Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

McNutt was very productive at Iowa as he was a starter for three years.  As part of a relatively jittery offense that had a good game one week and a bad one the next, McNutt was always fairly consistent.

Again, it's no secret the 49ers need wide receiver depth.  McNutt could be a third-, fourth- or fifth-round guy for them depending on how the ranking cipher plays out on draft day.


McNutt's combine workout was pretty impressive.  He was a top performer in the 20-yard shuttle drill, which might indicate some strong acceleration skills.

His 40 time will give him some bad knocks, but his 10" hands, 6'3" height and 37" vertical might remind some scouts to check out his highlight reels.


Lamar Miller, RB, Miami 

Miller had the top 40-yard dash time for running backs at 4.4 flat.  His knock is his size (5'11", 212 lbs.) versus his playing style (bruising -- although it's really more of an "attempt to bruise").  Does this sound familiar?

I'm certain I'm not the only one who will draw comparisons to Frank Gore, Miami roots aside.

The 49ers need to find a legit replacement for Gore and Miller could be the guy to do it ,especially if his contradictory numbers cause scouts and GM's to hesitate.  

But does he go as high as 30?  Or would he go sooner?  This is the type of player that hype will help or hurt as the countdown continues.


Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Smaller school, big dude.  I mean big—6'4", 364 lbs. big.


He's currently grading out as a NT in a 3-4.  Yes, the 49ers have Isaac Sopoaga, but prospects like this don't come around too often.

Poe had a combine-best 44 bench press reps—that's strong. He also scored fairly well on the agility drills and ran under a 5.0 40-yard dash time.  Granted, a 40-yard dash for a defensive lineman might be the most useless stat in the world, but hey, it's the combine and these are the things we look at.

The biggest knock on Poe regarding the 49ers is simply whether or not he'll be available at No. 30.

The way his combine workout went, probably not.