49ers express pre-draft interest in Pittsburgh CB MJ Devonshire

Apr 22, 2024 at 12:03 PM

According to Aaron Wilson of KPRC2, the San Francisco 49ers were among the teams that either visited with or conducted a private workout for former Pittsburgh cornerback MJ Devonshire, who also had experience as a returner on special teams.

Devonshire logged 32 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss, 10 passes defensed, four interceptions, and a touchdown through 12 game appearances as a senior in 2023, per Sports Reference. Throughout his five collegiate seasons, he tallied 89 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, 23 passes defensed, eight interceptions, and three touchdowns, transferring from Kentucky to Pittsburgh after the 2020 season.

Over the past two seasons, Devonshire has returned 45 punts for 335 yards and a touchdown, averaging 7.4 yards per return.

"Devonshire is a cornerback with long arms and impressive ball production," Lance Zierlein wrote in his NFL.com scouting report. "He's confident in press, allowing his athleticism to trace routes while instincts and agility key his work from zone. Devonshire locates the quarterback and ball flight fairly quickly with his back to the ball. He sits in the pocket of an average route runner and uses his length and reactive quickness to swat throws away.

"The long speed appears to be average and he picks up his share of flags with excessive grabbing against big targets downfield. A move to nickel is possible, and he has the athletic traits to make it work provided his run-support efforts don't short-circuit his opportunity."

At the NFL Scouting Combine, the 5' 10 3/4" and 186-pound Devonshire posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.45 seconds, a vertical jump of 38.5 inches, a broad jump of 10 feet, 4 inches, a 7.12-second three-cone drill time, and a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.35 seconds.

Devonshire is projected to be a fifth-round draft pick.

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

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


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