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April 12, 2013
Walker redux? 49ers to host Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce

The 49ers will be weekend hosts to Travis Kelce, perhaps the best blocking tight end in the upcoming draft. The younger brother of Eagles center Jason Kelce, Travis only recently recovered from a sports hernia that kept him out of the combine and The University of Cincinnati's pro day.

Kelce (6-5, 255 pounds) had a private workout on Monday in which he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds. Even then he wasn't fully healthy. He was battling a viral infection at the time and couldn't complete the workout.

The 49ers are looking for another tight end after losing Delanie Walker to the Titans in free agency this year. Jim Harbaugh's power-based offense calls for plenty of two-tight-end sets, and the team ostensibly is looking for someone with Walker's versatility to play along with No. 1 tight end Vernon Davis. Walker played 57 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps last year.

Kelce is considered one of the more complete tight ends in the draft, and he was athletic enough to get snaps as a Wildcat quarterback at Cincinnati.The 49ers also showed interest in him at the scouting combine. Kelce missed the Bearcats' 2010 season due to a violation of team rules. That and his recent medical history likely prompted the 49ers to bring him in for a visit. Kelce is expected to be drafted in the second round.

-- 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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