The 49ers currently have Joe Nedney as their kicker for both kickoffs and field goals, and many have assumed that it was likely to remain that way, at least through 2011. Nedney has been quietly consistent throughout his tenure in San Francisco, but he's missed nine games over the past couple seasons now, with an injury concern that has been present for virtually the entirety of his kicking career. Initial reports, as stated, were that the team planned to go forward with Nedney, and not his 2010 fill-in, Jeff Reed, of former Pittsburgh Steeler renown. Or, if that doesn't do it for you, the guy that beat up a bathroom.
Enter Kai Forbath of UCLA, who is scheduled to workout for the 49ers on Friday. Kai was pretty good at UCLA and head coach Jim Harbaugh is undoubtedly already familiar with him. He's one of the top five kickers to be coming out this year, but there are definitely a few ahead of him at this point, like Alex Henery, Josh Jasper and Thomas Weber, of Nebraska, LSU and Arizona State respectively.
At this point, it's hard to see Forbath going any earlier than the seventh round, but the 49ers need to do their due diligence to its fullest. You can bet they'll be working out more kickers, if they've taken an interest to Forbath.