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49ers to send tight ends coach to work out Sacramento-area pass catcher

Cal Poly hosts San Diego in the first round of Football Championship Subdivision playoffs at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, CA, on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Cal Poly's Joseph Gigantino (36) tackles San Diego's Ross Dwelley (85) assisted by Cal Poly's Kevin Griffin (3) .
Cal Poly hosts San Diego in the first round of Football Championship Subdivision playoffs at Alex G. Spanos Stadium in San Luis Obispo, CA, on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Cal Poly's Joseph Gigantino (36) tackles San Diego's Ross Dwelley (85) assisted by Cal Poly's Kevin Griffin (3) . ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

The 49ers plan to send their tight ends coach to San Diego on Wednesday to work out former Oak Ridge High pass catcher Ross Dwelley, who had 20 touchdown catches over the last two seasons for the University of San Diego.

When the Toreros held their pro day last week, the headliner was former Texas A&M quarterback and first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel, who is trying to convince NFL teams he deserves another chance in the league.

Manziel was invited to throw by Dwelley and receiver Justin Priest, who also went to Oak Ridge, which is in El Dorado Hills outside of Sacramento. The two had worked out with Manziel in the past and didn't have a quarterback to throw to them in front of NFL scouts.

"Johnny is an unrestricted free agent, so he was better than having a coach," Priest told The Bee earlier this week. "He was great. He's a stand-up guy. It wasn't a crazy, out-of-the-ordinary thing. We've trained with him before, but people were surprised and got a kick out of it."

Dwelley has caught the attention of the 49ers.

He measured 6-4, 241 pounds and reportedly ran his 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. That's not particularly fast, but his statistics -- 194 catches in four years -- suggest he's someone who knows how to get open, especially in the red zone.

Dwelley had 10 touchdown catches in each of the last two seasons. His 10 scores in 2017 led Football Championship Series tight ends, and he did so despite missing two games with a finger injury.

The 49ers' red-zone scoring was problematic last season even after Jimmy Garoppolo took over as quarterback. San Francisco's tight end corps consists of George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Cole Hikutini (Pleasant Grove High School) and Cole Wick.

The team likely will bring in at least one more player at the position during or after the draft.

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