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April 9, 2012
Wideout watch: Randle visited 49ers; Floyd on his way

The 49ers added two new faces to their wide receiving corps last month, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, but they're likely not finished bulking up what was a thin group last season.

LSU wideout Rueben Randle visited the team this month, a league source said Monday, while Notre Dame's Michael Floyd told Sirius radio on Sunday that he will visit the 49ers -- and a host of other teams -- next week.

Of the two, Randle is the more likely to be on the board when the 49ers pick at No. 30. At 6-3, 208 pounds, he is the type of big-bodied receiver the 49ers prefer, and he stood out in the ultra-competitive SEC. Randle caught 50 passes for 908 yards with eight touchdowns last season, and perhaps most impressive, he averaged more than 18 yards per catch.

Last month at LSU's pro day, Randle imprved his 40-yard dash time at the combine -- 4.55 seconds -- to 4.42 seconds. NFL Draft Scout rates Randle as the fourth-best wideout in this year's draft.

Floyd, meanwhile, is widely considered the second-best wideout in the draft. He's already met with, or will meet with, 11 teams, including several that draft in the Top 10. The 49ers are likely to take a close look at other wideouts who might be available at No. 30, including Baylor's Kendall Wright and Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill.

Wideout is one of the deepest positions in the draft, especially in the middle rounds. The 49ers also have a meeting with Illinois speedster A.J. Jenkins (6-0, 190) whom NFL Draft Scout has as the 10th-best wideout in this month's draft.

-- 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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