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No. 9? 49ers prominent at pass rusher Marcus Davenport's pro day

UTSA defensive lineman Marcus Davenport runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Indianapolis.
UTSA defensive lineman Marcus Davenport runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Indianapolis. AP

San Francisco defensive-line coach Jeff Zgonina was on hand for Marcus Davenport's pro day Wednesday, helping put the University of Texas-San Antonio defensive end through drills in front of scouts from all 32 teams.

Many consider Davenport the second-best defensive end in the upcoming draft behind N.C. State's Bradley Chubb. That makes him a possibility for the 49ers in the first round.

Davenport stands 6-foot-6, weighs 264 pounds and has long, nearly 34-inch arms, making him – on paper, at least – a nice fit for the so-called "Leo" position the 49ers have had trouble filling since last season.

Davenport is more physical and powerful than the other player the 49ers could take at that spot, Boston College's Harold Landry. However, Landry is quicker, a better technician and more experienced.

Davenport's allure lies in his potential. He had 8 1/2 sacks, 17 1/2 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles last season for the Roadrunners and was invited to the Senior Bowl at year's end.

Zgonina, meanwhile, has been traveling the country in search of pass rushers. Last week he was in the Tallahassee area to work out Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat and he's undoubtedly been part of other, not-yet-reported workouts. Here's a clip of him putting Davenport through a series of drills.

The 49ers have a number of candidates to play "Leo" this year, none of which are perfect solutions. Arik Armstead played the position on base downs last year before being lost for the season with a broken hand. Solomon Thomas and Elvis Dumervil also lined up there.

This year Thomas is expected to start on the other side of the line – at "big end" – while Dumervil was cut earlier this month. Eli Harold, Cassius Marsh, Pita Taumoepenu and free-agent addition Jeremiah Attaochu are other possibilities in 2018.

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