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April 12, 2012
Georgia Tech WR Hill due to visit 49ers

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Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill, who had perhaps the most impressive scouting combine of any wide receiver in February, will visit with the 49ers this weekend, The Bee has learned. Hill ran one of the fastest 40-yard dashes in Indianapolis - 4.37 seconds. That he did so at 6-4 and 215 pounds would seem to make him intriguing to a team like the 49ers that prefers big, physical receivers and also needs a down-field threat.

The showing in Indianapolis prompted a big crowd at Georgia Tech's pro day on March 6. Interestingly, the 49ers were the only team that didn't attend. Instead, the team will get an up-close look at Hill on Sunday and Monday. Teams are especially curious about Hill because he had so few opportunities in the Yellow Jackets' run-first offense. He caught only 28 passes last season for 820 yards. But his yards-per-catch average was a gaudy 29.3.

Hill has had a number of other visits as well as workouts with other teams. He's one of 26 players who accepted invitations to attend the draft in New York City. Three other wideouts also will attend: Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, Baylor's Kendall Wright and LSU's Rueben Randle. Randle already has visited the 49ers. Floyd had a visit scheduled, but it was cancelled.

-- Matt 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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