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49ers express pre-draft interest in Oklahoma D-lineman Jonah Laulu

Apr 7, 2024 at 7:51 AM


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Justin Melo of The Draft Network reports that the San Francisco 49ers expressed interest in Jonah Laulu, meeting with the defensive lineman at Oklahoma's pro day on March 12.

Melo notes that Laulu is versatile enough to play defensive end or defensive tackle on an NFL defense, making him an intriguing prospect for the 49ers, who value players who can fill multiple roles.


According to Oklahoma's athletics site, Laulu recorded a 4.96-second 40-time at the pro day. Additionally, he had a broad jump of 9 feet, 10 inches, a vertical jump of 36 inches, and 24 reps on the bench press.

When asked if he considers himself more of a pass rusher or run-stopper, Laulu told Melo, "This past season, moving to the interior, I felt more dominant as a pass rusher. When I was playing defensive end, I felt like I was a very dominant run defender. That's a tough question. I'd probably lean slightly as a pass rusher right now."

In two seasons with the Sooners, Laulu recorded 31 tackles, including 8.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, an interception, and a pass defensed. In 2023, he recorded 11 tackles and a sack.

"I can't wait to contribute to a team at the next level," Laulu said. "I can rush the passer on third down. I can play defensive end on base downs and stuff the run. I bring a terrific work ethic to the table.

"I'm a great teammate, first and foremost. I love supporting my teammates in the locker room. I have a blue-collar mentality. I'm ready to work. I love being coached. I want to be the best."

For a comprehensive overview of all reported formal and informal meetings between the 49ers and prospective NFL rookies, visit our pre-draft tracker.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place in Detroit, Michigan, from Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27.



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