Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

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Ryan Sakamoto reports that the San Francisco 49ers have held a private workout with Clemson ILB B.J. Goodson.


Earlier this month, USA Today's Jon Ledyard did a detailed analysis of Goodson that is worth a read. In the analysis, he had this to say about the former Tiger.

"One of the true leaders of Clemson's dominant defensive unit this past season, linebacker B.J. Goodson has been unheralded throughout the pre-draft process, but a strong combine performance may finally have analysts' attention."

Goodson had a 4.69 40-time and benched 30 reps at the NFL Combine last month. He leaped 34.5 inches in the vertical test and 9 feet and 10 inches in the broad jump. His showing at the Combine was enough to impress evaluators in attendance.


"I feel strongly that the Clemson linebacker has the traits to develop into a solid starter at the next level," says Ledyard. He added the following within his analysis.

"While his rocked up frame and powerful punch suggest a player that can jolt blockers off his frame with ease, Goodson is also excellent at avoiding contact to pursue the ball quickly when he needs to."

"As far as box play goes, I'd put Goodson against any linebacker not named Jack or Ragland in this year's draft, that's how steady his ability to stay clean and constantly work to the football in a timely fashion is."

The 49ers could take a closer look at Goodson in day three of the draft. Perhaps even in round 4, where he is graded. San Francisco has nine selections from the 4th round through the 6th round. They do not have a 7th round selection.

The 49ers are also reportedly "doing their due-diligence" at the cornerback position and Sakamoto states that the team has met extensively with Mississippi State CB Taveze Calhoun. Calhoun could be another day three option for San Francisco.


Sakamoto also reports that the 49ers have been linked to a couple of possible day three wide receivers as well. They are Tulsa's Keyarris Garrett (6-4, 221 lbs) and Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson (6-5, 215lbs).