Draftee Workout- 04/12/2001
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The past few days news has been all about the potential return of defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield to the 49ers. Recently the team extended him a contract offer, after being impressed with his workout. A subject that has been completely ignored over these days is the workout of the lead running back in the draft, Deuce McAllister.

McAllister is viewed by most as the best running back in the draft. If not for the durability concerns, he could even be a top five pick. He is a fast, strong back who can run between the tackles and outside. The tremendous athlete also has incredible hands, allowing him to line up in the slot at times, and return kicks. Though the 9ers likely wouldn't let McAllister return kicks, the thought of drafting him is intriguing, particularly if the team addresses its pass rush concerns with Dana Stubblefield.

McAllister said that being drafted by the 49ers "could be a dream come true I think the 49ers would be a pretty good fit for me as a player". Deuce continued stating, "You have to have a lot of respect for the way they do things and the way they're trying to rebuild the team to get to more Super Bowls."

McAllister is a high-class player and person who could be one of the best offensive weapons in the draft. His durability is a little suspect, but he has been rehabilitating his injuries with strengthening techniques that are designed to prevent reoccurrences. Should the 49ers venture away from a defense end or a trade with their first round draft pick, and providing Deuce is still on the board he could very well be the man the team drafts.

Considering that Charlie Garner wont likely be back with the 49ers this season, the team should have a void to fill at running back. The team has several options, including Paul Smith, Terry Jackson, and Jonas Lewis already on the roster; as well as Deuce McAllister, LaDanian Tomlinson, Michael Bennett, and Lamont Jordan by way of the draft. One way or another the team will have to fill the running back position, in just over a week we will know how they intend to do so and whether their priorities lie at running back or defensive end.

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