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Will the Sacramento area have another first-round pick? Meet the region's NFL hopefuls

UCLA offensive lineman Kolton Miller participates in the broad jump at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Indianapolis.
UCLA offensive lineman Kolton Miller participates in the broad jump at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Indianapolis. AP

On Thursday, lives will change with the announcement of names in Dallas.

Several area prospects have had their names called in early rounds of the NFL draft in recent years: Arik Armstead and Shaq Thomspon in the first round in 2015 and Eddie Vanderdoes and Ahkello Witherspoon in the third round in 2017.

Here's a peek at three area prospects who expect to be drafted into the NFL:

Kolton Miller

Position: Offensive tackle

College: UCLA

High school: Roseville

Key numbers: 6-foot-8, 310 pounds ... Ran 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds .... Recorded 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump (a combine record for offensive linemen).

Comment: Tremendous size and effort to match on each snap. He is eager to learn and improve. Good athlete who has strong hands and nimble feet.

Projection: Rounds 1-2

Taron Johnson

Position: Defensive back

College: Weber State

High school: Sheldon

Key numbers: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds ... Ran a 4.5-second 40 .... 172 career tackles, 42 career pass breakups .... Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of Year in 2017.

Comment: Excellent cover skills and a willing tackler whose burst to the ball impressed coaches at Senior Bowl workouts.

Projection: Rounds 4-6

Trayvon Henderson

Position: Defensive back

College: Hawaii

High School: Grant

Numbers: 6-foot, 205 pounds ... 38 career starts ... 237 career tackles, 18 for loss .... team captain.

Comment: Physical and fast, a reliable tackler who performs with high energy. Has played with an edge since his Grant days. One of Hawaii's most versatile players, he impressed in Senior Bowl workouts.

Projection: Rounds 6-7

The 49ers have the ninth pick in the NFL draft later this month. Here's a look at what players the team should pick up, according to 49ers reporter Matt Barrows.

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