The 49ers will visit this month with one of the consensus Top 3 receivers in the draft, Louisville's DeVante Parker, a league source said. Parker missed the first seven games last season with a foot injury but still finished with 855 yards and six touchdowns in the final six contests.
He, Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White are considered the best receivers in the upcoming draft and there's a good chance that none reaches the 49ers at pick No. 15. The Raiders, Bears, Rams, Vikings, Browns and Dolphins -- all of them picking ahead of San Francisco -- could use a wide receiver, and Parker will make about a dozen visits to teams in the run-up to the draft.
Parker measured 6-3, 209 pounds and had 33 1/4-inch arms at the February combine. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds. That combination of speed and reach enabled him to catch a variety of touchdown passes at Louisville, from catch-and-go crossing routes to down-field bombs to lobs in the end zone. His 33 receiving touchdowns at Louisville set a school record.
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“I'm a big, physical kind of player,” he said at the scouting combine. “I go up and get the ball. I go in the middle. Anywhere, I go and it.”
The 49ers also met with him after Louisville’s pro day last month.
The 49ers seem set at their starting receiver spots after signing Torrey Smith to a five-year free-agent deal. He and former Ravens teammate Anquan Boldin will start. Still, the team is expected to lose two other receivers from their 2014 squad, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd, while Boldin is in the final year of his contract and will turn 35 in October. The team could stand to groom a younger player who can be a No. 1 option in their offense.
Crabtree, who met with the Dolphins last month, arrived in the Bay Area on Monday and is visiting with the Raiders today.
The 49ers also are hosting Washington State receiver Vince Mayle (Inderkum High), Maryland's Stefon Diggs and Texas A&M-Commerce's Ricky Collins this month. All three are considered Day 3 selections.
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