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Five Guys Draw Acclaim at Combine

Posted Feb 21, 2013

There's plenty to like about the 49ers front five and after making it to Super Bowl XLVII, the legend of the "Five Guys" is well known by those at the NFL Scouting Combine.

INDIANAPOLIS – Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis.

There's plenty to like about the 49ers front five and after making it to Super Bowl XLVII, the legend of the "Five Guys" is well known by those at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"Their offensive line is one of the most dominant forces in the league and they're an absolute blast to watch," USC Center Khaled Holmes said during his combine media session. "They really get after everybody they play and they're one of the toughest groups I've ever seen."

That style of play is familiar for Holmes, who had to face Harbaugh's physically dominant Stanford teams throughout his five years at Southern California.

UCLA guard Jeff Baca also knows how to define a Jim Harbaugh-coached team and has been impressed by the play of San Francisco's line.

"Tough, disciplined, physical," Baca said. "They're going to come down and they're going to hit you in the mouth. It's a great philosophy for football."

Staley has been an inspiration for fellow Chippewa Eric Fisher, who made a similar transition from tight end to tackle when he arrived at Central Michigan.

"I remember being recruited and seeing his picture up on the wall as a first-round tackle," Fisher recalled. "He was a tight end when he started out. I came in as a tight end body and he showed me that it was possible. He got in touch with me recently and it's great having someone like that to look up to."

Staley gave Fisher advice about what to expect throughout the draft process, but perhaps the biggest motivation Staley provided Fisher was his play on the field.

"He's the only first-rounder out of my school," Fisher said. "Being a tackle, it's really nice to have him to look up to, watch him play, see his progression and the things he does to beat people on the field. I just like watching him play."

San Jose State offensive lineman David Quessenbery echoed those sentiments.

“I really like his style, his athleticism,” Quessenberry noted about the 49ers left tackle. “You can tell he’s one heck of an athlete.”