The 49ers are reportedly shopping running back LaMichael James for a trade, which seems fine with James while also opening up a spot on the roster that could possibly be filled by another back selected in the draft.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the 49ers met with a prospect for that spot this week when University of the Cumberlands running back Terrance Cobb was in for a visit. Cobb joins Towson’s Terrance West and Central Florida’s Storm Johnson as backs that have popped up on the 49ers’ radar recently.
Cobb struggled with injuries during his senior season at the NAIA school, but the 49ers should be able to get some extra insight into his abilities. His older brother Reggie, an ex-NFL running back, is a regional scout for the team and should have some, perhaps biased, thoughts on what his little brother will be able to do at the next level.
Frank Gore is heading into the final year of his contract, so the 49ers may be looking for another back to add to Kendall Hunter, Marcus Lattimore and Jewel Hampton as they try to figure out what their backfield will look like in 2015 and beyond.