One of the most explosive wide receivers in college football last year, Baylor's Kendall Wright, is in the Bay Area tonight to meet with the 49ers, according to a source with knowledge of Wright's visit.Â
Wright was Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III's favorite target last season, catching 108 passes for 1,663 yards (15.4-yard average) and 14 touchdowns. The 49ers met with Griffin at the scouting combine in February, a session the quarterback suspected was designed to learn more about Wright.
Wright's visit means the 49ers have met or will meet with three of the wide receivers expected to be selected at the end of the first round or beginning of the second. They've already hosted LSU's Rueben Randle and are scheduled to meet with Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill early next week. A visit with Notre Dame's Michael Floyd was cancelled.
Wright, who stands 5-10 and weighs 190 pounds, is the smallest member of that group, and some evaluators see him as a slot receiver in he NFL. He ran his 40-yard dash at the scouting combine in a ho hum 4.61 seconds, but he improved that time to 4.43 seconds at last month's pro day.
The 49ers added two free-agent receivers, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, to the team last month. Moss signed a one-year deal while Manningham's contract is for two years. That is, the team still could stand to add a long-term possibility at the position.
The team also is known to have shown interest in Illinois receiver A.J Jenkins, who caught 90 passes for 1,276 yards last season. Wright, Hill, Randle and Flloyd will be among the 26 players who will attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York on April 26.Â
-- Matt Barrows