LSU receiver would be sound fit with 49ers

February 25, 2012, 9:57 pm
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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.