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Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill was the fastest player at the combine, and the 49ers like his 6-foot-4 frame.

Possible 49ers draft picks

Published: Monday, Apr. 23, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 23, 2012 - 8:33 am

The 49ers have the 30th pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday, plus six more picks on Friday and Saturday, assuming they don't make any trades. Here are three positions the team likely will attempt to address:

WIDE RECEIVER

The 49ers added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, and they re-signed Ted Ginn and Brett Swain. Still, all inked short-term deals, and the 49ers need a long-term fit at the position.

DRAFT POSSIBILITIES

• Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech: He was the fastest player at the combine and has the size (6-foot-4, 214 pounds) the 49ers prefer. He visited the team this month and met with coaches.

• Rueben Randle, LSU: He was productive against some of the best defenses in the nation last year. Like Hill, Randle has nice size (6-3, 210). He also paid the 49ers a visit this month.

• Kendall Wright, Baylor. He's not as big as Hill and Randle, but he was Robert Griffin III's favorite target last year and caught 14 touchdown passes. He also visited.

• Others: Cal's Marvin Jones, Nevada's Rishard Matthews, Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu and Appalachian State's Brian Quick all have an intriguing blend of size and production.

GUARD

The 49ers have looked at several veterans, including Leonard Davis and Jason Brown, to compete at this spot. They've made no attempt to sign either, however, as they likely wait to see how the draft plays out.

DRAFT POSSIBILITIES

• Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State: There is concern because he played in Division II, but he showed the quickness and nastiness teams love in interior linemen. He met with the 49ers' offensive-line coaches last week.

• Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin: A big-bodied guard on a team that loves to run the ball, he was a teammate of current 49ers quarterback Scott Tolzien.

• Peter Konz, Wisconsin: Like Zeitler, Konz is big and tough. He played center for the Badgers, which would give the 49ers a backup at the position.

• Others: Western Oregon's Jason Slowey and Kent State's Chris Anzevino have visited. They likely are being targeted as late-round picks or undrafted free agents.

RUNNING BACK

Frank Gore and Brandon Jacobs are approaching 30 years old while the team continues to be frustrated by last year's No. 3 running back, Anthony Dixon.

DRAFT POSSIBILITIES

• Doug Martin, Boise State: The Stockton product is a tough, between-the-tackles, every-down runner who eventually could replace Gore.

• David Wilson, Virginia Tech: Wilson is faster and more athletic than Martin but is not as good an inside runner. Wilson, too, paid a predraft visit to Santa Clara.

• Robert Turbin, Utah State: At 5-10, 222 pounds, Turbin has the size to be the goal-line thumper the 49ers have missed in recent years. He also visited.

• Others: Washington's Chris Polk has drawn the 49ers' attention, as has Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead.

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