Frank Gore is in town, not to hang out with his teammates on the Colts but to try his hand at scouting at the combine.
The former 49ers running back always has wondered whether his post-playing career might involve becoming an evaluator. The general manager who drafted him in the third round in 2005, Scot McCloughan, noted early in Gore’s career that he has an eye for talent and often consulted him about various players.
The franchise’s all-time leading rusher seemed to specialize in running backs and inside linebackers.
Gore, 32, left the 49ers in free agency last year and signed with the Colts in the hope that the combination of quarterback Andrew Luck and a more stable running attack would lead to playoff success. Luck, however, was injured and erratic, and Gore finished with only 967 yards, his lowest since his injury-shortened 2010 season.
Gore has been working out in his native Miami in recent weeks, and current 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is one of his offseason training partners. Gore flew to Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon, and the loose plan was for him to get together with McCloughan, now general manager in Washington, and 49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman to evaluate the player workouts that began Friday at Lucas Field.
The specialists, offensive linemen and, of course, the running backs took the field.
Notes – Chip Kelly will add former Browns quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell to his staff, FootballScoop.com reported. O’Connell was a third-round pick at quarterback for the Patriots in 2008 and has been on four other teams. He began coaching last season.
▪ Kelly, who said earlier in the week that he liked players with big hands and long arms, had to be pleased with Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who measured 6-foot-7 and 291 pounds with 34 3/8-inch arms. His 11 3/4-inch hands tied the mark for biggest ever recorded at the combine in the last 10 years. Kelly recruited Buckner to the Ducks.
▪ Ohio State’s Joey Bosa weighed 269 pounds Friday, less than his 275-pound weight in college. The 49ers are eying him as a potential outside linebacker in their 3-4 system.