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March 10, 2010
Cody slimmer and a CB hammy double whammy

I attended the Cal pro day today, but I'm betting the 49ers' attention was more focused on Alabama's pro day in Tuscaloosa where nose tackle Terrence Cody continues to drop weight. He weighed 349 pounds Wednesday, five fewer than he weighed last month in Indianapolis and 21 fewer than he weighed two months ago in Mobile, Ala. Every time Cody drops weight, he moves up a little on draft boards.

Cornerback/return man Javier Arenas didn't run because of the hamstring he pulled in Indianapolis. At Cal, cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson (Grant High) also aggravated a hamstring pull while running the 40 today and did not take part in any other drills. Thompson injured the hamstring in Mobile and did not run in Indianapolis. The hope is that he's able to take part in another school's pro day later this month or in early April. Jahvid Best rested on the strong numbers he put up at the combine. The Raiders and 49ers were two of 17 teams that interviewed Best in Mobile, he said.

Cal defensive end Tyson Alualu is getting a lot of attention. Alualu said he can play as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense or as an end in a 4-3. Teams that run a 4-3 are looking to play Alualu as an end on first and second downs and as a tackle on third downs. Alualu's drive (in NFL speak, his motor) is his best asset. The 49ers had two scouts at the Cal pro day. Mike Singletary attended the Cincinnati Pro Day to watch QB Tony Pike and WR Mardy Gilyard. He was seen chatting up a prospect named Alex Daniels.

Some of you have been asking about the 49ers' interest in free agents Justin Fargas and Leon Washington. There may have been some casual conversations about those guys, but the team doesn't have any serious interest. As a rule of thumb, things usually aren't serious unless a visit is scheduled.

Rams free agent O.J. Atogwe is getting some interest. But because he's a restricted free agent, other teams are leery of signing Atogwe to an offer sheet and then having the Rams match that offer. The real Atogwe action could come after June 1. The Rams would have to sign him to a new contract - something they have been reluctant to do to this point - by June 1` or Atogwe becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Add the Dolphins to the list of teams that are interested in linebacker Travis LaBoy. The 49ers have had LaBoy, an unrestricted free agent, in for a visit, as have the Jets and Patriots. LaBoy wants to play in a 3-4 defense in 2010.

National Football Post's Wes Bunting's latest mock (he's on No. 3) has the 49ers drafting Rutgers OT Anthony Davis at No. 13 and Boise State CB Kyle Wilson at no. 17. I see this as a strong possibility....

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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