Pro days are the last chance for this year’s class of incoming NFL rookies to impress scouts, general managers and coaches.
Teams know whom they’re interested in by now, but they’re attending these workouts as the final interview process. It’s a very small percentage, but since teams have eyes all over the nation, and they only have a certain number of picks, these players better impress if they hope to be selected early.
It’s a never-ending competition.
For the San Francisco 49ers, their nationwide tour will include several Southeastern Conference schools because that’s where they’ve been fond of taking players. They have roughly 20 players from the Southeastern region of the United States. It’s apparent in the starting lineup, but even more so down to the depth and recent picks under the new regime.
This is not for no reason, either.
Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina, a rising star in this business, is an alumni of Central Florida—he has a home in the state of Florida, and that is where the heart of his network is. People he trusts reside in the Sunshine State, and he knows that’s where many of the blue-chip prospects hail from.
Malaspina is the man responsible for picking out UCF’s sack leader, Bruce Miller, knowing he could convert to fullback. The selection of Tank Carradine out of Florida State in 2013 also has his name written all over it. It's not just general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh rolling up their sleeves here.
So from Florida to Mississippi to Texas and up to West Virginia is the sweet spot for this team. They’re not big fans of the Northeast, having stayed clear of schools like Rutgers, Connecticut and Penn State, for the most part, which is certainly something to consider with several key players coming out of this draft from those universities.
However, they have a respect for the Pacific Northwest and those coastal schools.
Now that we've provided a brief overview of this team's inner-workings and how they operate, we'll take a look at where San Francisco's reps have been and where they're going as the countrywide pro days wrap up.