Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories focused on the 49ers’ trek toward the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10). We'll have content every day, including position breakdowns, retrospectives, mock drafts, comments from general manager Trent Baalke and more.
The 49ers’ evaluation of wide receivers for the upcoming draft included a visit from Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Benjamin (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) was the second-tallest wideout invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. At 34 7/8 inches, his arm length was second behind only Mike Evans of Texas A&M. Benjamin ran an official time of 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Benjamin declared for the NFL draft after his redshirt sophomore season. In his final season at Florida State, he caught 54 passes for 1,011 yards and a school-record-tying 15 touchdowns. General manager Trent Baalke attended Benjamin's pro day on March 19.
He is projected as a first- or second-round draft pick in the draft.
Benjamin is the fourth-known wide receiver to meet with the 49ers at their Santa Clara facility, following reports of visits from Martavis Bryant (Clemson), Paul Richardson (Colorado) and Albert Wilson (Georgia State).
In addition, John Morton, the 49ers’ receivers coach, attended a workout Friday for Indiana wideout Cody Latimer, who did not work out at the Combine due to a fractured foot.
Saturday is the last day that draft-eligible players are allowed to visit the facilities of NFL teams. The draft is scheduled for May 8-10.