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April 4, 2010
Niners meet jumbo-sized, small-school offensive tackle

Jed York might be alarmed by his April food bill. On the same night last week the 49ers had 327-pound Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis for dinner, they also hosted West Texas A&M offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb, according to his agent. He might have played at a small school, but Webb is one of the biggest players in the draft at 6-7, 335 pounds. He wears size 19 shoes, has 36-inch arms and ran the short shuttle in 4.16 seconds. According to agent Kendall Martin-Cooper, Webb is a regular at the gym (he should get along with Alex Boone) and runs four miles a day. Webb played in the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game and reportedly handled himself well. Webb will work out for the Bears and Cowboys this week.

So this means the 49ers will draft Webb, right? No, it means that they felt they needed to do more work as far as scouting him, perhaps because he played at a Division II school or perhaps because they missed his pro day last month. Including all-star games, the combine, pro days and visits, the 49ers will have met with hundreds of prospects prior to the draft. NFL Draft Scout ranks Webb 24th out of 132 offensive tackles and projects him as a seventh-round pick.

-- Matt Barrows

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MATTHEW BARROWS

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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