LSU receiver would be sound fit with 49ers

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LSU receiver would be sound fit with 49ers

INDIANAPOLIS -- When the 49ers select make a pick at No. 30 overall, adding a wide receiver will certainly be in the discussion.And if LSU receiver Rueben Randle is available toward the end of the first round, it would not be a surprise if he were at the top of the 49ers' list. He is scheduled to meet with the 49ers on Saturday night, he said.
Randle, who measured at 6-foot-2 78, 210 pounds, sounded like the type of player who would fit well into Jim Harbaugh's locker room. In fact, there were times he actually sounded like the 49ers' head coach.
Randle declared for the NFL draft after catching 53 passes for 917 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.Why did he leave LSU after his junior season? He spoke about team, not individual, goals:"Accomplished a lot at LSU," Randle said. "Thirty-three wins in three years. That's pretty much the reason I went there, to win games."How did going up against LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne in practice help his game? Randle used a variation on a proverb that Harbaugh often cites:"We brought the best out in each other," Randle said. "Metal sharpens metal. Competing in practice each and every day made us better."And Randle's views of blocking are also in line with the 49ers' thinking."(LSU receivers coach Billy) Gonzales is big on blocking down the field and blocking in the run game," Randle said."And my dad taught me from when I was young, 'If you want to be a wide receiver, you have to learn how to block, too.' It's not all about catching. Blocking is just as important as making a big catch down the field."Randle said he expects to run in the 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range. If that's the case, he probably will not be around when it's the 49ers' turn to select.

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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Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games.