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February 20, 2007
A good wide receiver - not Brandon Lloyd

Question: Who is a good wide receiver going into the draft? I think the 49ers screwed up when they gave up Brandon Lloyd. What do you think?

- Alfonso, Sacramento.

Answer: Allow me to answer your Brandon Lloyd question first. If you followed Lloyd's progress in Washington this season, you would see that, well, there was no progress. Lloyd was such a bust that the Washington Post wrote a long story at year's end about his lack of production and about how his prickly personality made him universally reviled in the organization. Not only did the 49ers receive two draft picks for Lloyd - third- and fourth-rounders - the Redskins were forced to cut Walt Harris when they signed Lloyd to his huge contract. Harris, of course, was snapped up by the 49ers and he had the best season of his career. I'd say the Lloyd deal couldn't have worked out any better for the 49ers.

As far as rookie receivers, the 49ers really like Dwayne Bowe from LSU. I'll write more about this next week from the scouting combine.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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