Posted: 10:13 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
By David Fucillo
The San Francisco 49ersplaced Aldon Smith on the Reserve/NFI list on Monday, and that leaves the team with an available roster spot. The 49ers have begun the process of figuring out a replacement, as they reportedly worked out D'Aundre Reed. Although Reed is listed as a defensive end, but at 6'4 260 pounds, he would likely fit in as an outside linebacker in the 49ers 3-4 defense.
NFL.com's scouting report from 2011 pointed to Reed as more of a run stopper than a pass rusher. They said:
Does a good job against the run, coming off the ball, keeping blockers off his body, and maintaining outside contain but struggles against bigger tackles, with misdirection, and won't make a ton of plays from the backside or in space.
The 49ers outside linebacker corps currently consists of Ahmad Brooks, Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier. Skuta was moved into the starting role opposite Brooks, but both seemed to provide more in the pass rush than against the run. However the 49ers address the outside linebacker depth chart, they will likely have a rotation opposite Ahmad Brooks.