Speedy receivers and others set to visit 49ers

Speedy receivers and others set to visit 49ers
April 14, 2014, 6:45 am
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Martavis Bryant's 4.42 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine was tied for the fifth-fastest time among the 48 wide receivers in attendance. (USATI)

The 49ers kick off their pre-draft visit season on Monday with at least four players scheduled for visits, including two speedy wide receivers.

The group reportedly includes Martavis Bryant, a 6-foot-3 ¾, 211-pounder, who caught 42 passes for 828 yards and seven touchdowns last season at Clemson.

Bryant ran an official time of 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. He tied for the fifth-fastest time among the 48 wide receivers in attendance. General manager Trent Baalke attended Clemson's pro day on March 6. Bryant is scheduled to visit the 49ers' practice facility in Santa Clara on Monday, reports the Sacramento Bee. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Bryant as a second-round draft talent.

Each NFL team is allowed a total of 30 visits of draft-eligible players. The 49ers typically do not use all 30 visits. The 49ers have been known to bring in players for visits if there is genuine interest, to create a smokescreen, or if they have questions about a player’s physical condition or character. Players are not allowed to work out for teams during visits.

The 49ers are also scheduled to bring in wide receiver Albert Wilson of Georgia State, CSNBayArea.com has confirmed. Wilson (5-9 3/8, 200) caught 71 passes for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns. He ran an official time of 4.43 seconds at the combine and is expected to be a late-round pick.

Running back Storm Johnson of Central Florida and offensive tackle Matt Patchan of Boston College are also expected to visit the 49ers on Monday, according to multiple reports. Johnson (6-foot, 209) carried 213 times for 1,139 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns. But he was plagued by fumbles throughout his two-year career at Central Florida.

Patchan (6-6 ¼, 302) was one of just five offensive linemen at the Combine to run a sub-5-second 40-yard dash. Both Johnson and Patchan rank as fifth-round picks, according to NFL Draft Scout.

Cornerback Aaron Colvin of Oklahoma is also scheduled for a visit, he told SiriusXM NFL Radio. Colvin (5-11, 177) sustained a torn ACL during practice for the Senior Bowl in January.

Linebacker Preston Brown (6-1 ¼, 251) of Louisville is also scheduled to visit, the Bee reported. The 49ers have been looking for help at inside linebacker, sources told CSNBayArea.com. NaVorro Bowman is expected to open the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list after sustaining a torn ACL in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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