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April 4, 2014
49ers to host small but speedy Georgia State WR

The 49ers will host Albert Wilson, a small but speedy wideout from Georgia State to their facility on April 14, according to a league source. Wilson, who goes 5-9, 202 pounds and who was invited to the combine, is the first known pre-draft visitor for the 49ers. I'm told, however, that the team will host about 10 prospects that day. They'll get physicals, meet the position coaches and tour the facility.

Wilson is intriguing because he seems to fit the mold the 49ers were seeking during free agency when they showed interest in players like Dexter McCluster and Julian Edelman. He has plenty of experience with both punt and kickoff returns, including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Alabama in 2011.

At 202 pounds, he is sturdy for his size, and teams are looking at him as a possible slot receiver. Wilson led Georgia State during their recent 0-12 season with 71 catches for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns. He had seven grabs for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the game against Troy (below). Wilson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at the combine. (His arms are 30 3/8 inches, slightly above average for someone who stands 5-9).

Wilson is thought to be a third-day draft pick. San Francisco is his only visit so far, but the Buccaneers coaches are flying to the Atlanta area to work him out.

- 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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