The 49ers placed the franchise tag on nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin this week but it’s uncertain whether they can work out a long-term contract. I think if the 49ers really like a defensive lineman – even a nose tackle – they would not think twice about taking him at any point in the draft.
One player who is gaining the attention of NFL teams that play the 3-4 defense is nose tackle Dan Williams. Like Franklin, Williams attended Tennessee.
Williams played for highly respected defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin last season. Williams weighed in at 6-foot-2, 327 pounds. He said he has spoken with the 49ers at the combine. He is generally regarded as the No. 3 defensive tackle behind Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma) and Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska).
Here is a short podcast with him: