49ers could find top-end WR late in Round 1

March, 3, 2014
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The San Francisco 49ers happily watched the events of the NFL combine late last month.

Perhaps the team’s biggest need is receiver. So, it didn’t break the 49ers’ heart that several players at the position shined at the combine. Numerous coaches, scouts and executives in the league have said this is the best group of receivers in the draft in several years.

The 49ers have the 30th pick in the first round. I asked ESPN draft expert Steve Muench to identify the players who may be available at the back end of the draft.

Muench thinks Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. and Fresno State’s Davante Adams could all be available after No. 25.

All three could interest the 49ers. Beckham and Cooks could especially intrigue the 49ers because they have the top-end speed the team lacks at receiver. Plus, they are both standout returners.

If the 49ers identify one of these players as their top choice, I think they can get that player. The 49ers have a surplus of draft picks, so they also have the ability to move up in the draft.

So, it is realistic to say Beckham, Cooks and Adams all are in the 49ers’ drafting range.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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