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Report: 49ers to meet with Michigan’s Devin Funchess

Michigan’s Devin Funchess reportedly will visit the 49ers, who undoubtedly are wondering whether he’s better suited for tight end or wide receiver.
Michigan’s Devin Funchess reportedly will visit the 49ers, who undoubtedly are wondering whether he’s better suited for tight end or wide receiver. AP

Tight end or wide receiver? That's the question surrounding Michigan's Devin Funchess, who is among a big group of college players visiting the 49ers today, National Football Post Reported.

Funchess played tight end for the Wolverines in 2012 and 2013, catching 49 passes (15.3-yard average) and six touchdowns in 2013. His 748 receiving yards that season were the most ever for a Michigan tight end.

Last season, however, he switched to wide receiver and didn't have the same impact. He averaged 11.8 yards a reception and had four touchdowns.

Funchess' size is intriguing. He's 6-4, 232 pounds and has 33 1/2-inch arms. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds at the combine -- good, not great, for someone his size -- but improved for his pro day, running it in about 4.5 seconds. He is believed to be a Day 2 - second- or third-round -- selection.

The 49ers will meet with a number of draft prospects today, including potential first rounders like defensive lineman Arik Armstead and cornerback Marcus Peters. They have spent a lot of time on wide receivers, perhaps the strongest position group in the draft.

The players they will meet at that position include DeVante Parker, a potential first-round pick from Louisville, Ohio State's Devin Smith, Auburn's Sammie Coates, Washington State's Vince Mayle and Maryland's Stefon Diggs.

The tight end position is not considered nearly as deep and the 49ers have all sorts of question marls there. Their top player at the position, Vernon Davis, is entering the final year of his contract. Vance McDonald has underperformed since being taken in the second round in 2013 and dealt with a back injury last year.

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