49ers' pass-catching options at No. 30

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49ers' pass-catching options at No. 30

The 49ers can be expected at some point in the draft to add a pass-catching target or two. It's an area of the team that dried up late in the season due to injuries and a lack of depth.Currently, Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham are being counted upon to be the top three wideouts. Return specialist Ted Ginn is slated to be the fourth receiver and return specialist.
Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker are the top two tight ends. Last year, they were on the field together about 50 percent of the time. But the team was scrambling when Walker missed time late in the season with a fractured jaw.Here are four pass-catchers who could be options for the 49ers with the No. 30 overall selection:WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
Ht: 5-10 14; Wt: 196
40 time: 4.49-4.60
--Easily the most accomplished of the receivers who could be available late in the first round, Wright totaled 302 catches in his four-year career. He capped his career with 108 receptions for 1,653 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior to play a huge role in quarterback Robert Griffin's Heisman Trophy-winning season.WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Ht: 6-4; Wt: 215
40 time: 4.31-4.35
--His size and straight-line speed are impressive. He caught just 28 passes last season in his team's triple-option offense, but his average reception went for 29.3 yards. He needs to be refined, but there are a lot of physical skills with which to work. WR Rueben Randle, LSU
Ht: 6-2 78; Wt: 210
40 time: 4.56-4.60
--He's big, strong and athletic, and he is not afraid to stick his nose in the action and mix it up as a blocker. He is accustomed to facing top corners, as he regularly went against teammates Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne in practices.TE Coby Fleener, Stanford
Ht: 6-6; Wt: 247
40 time: Did not run at the combine due to right ankle sprain, but posted hand-held times of 4.45 to low 4.50s at his pro day on March 22.
--Even with Davis and Walker on the team, there would be a significant role for Fleener as a rookie. Let's remember, Walker, who enters the final year of his contract, did not catch a pass in the final six regular-season games in which he played.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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