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Top prospects at wide receiver and cornerback for upcoming NFL draft

HOT SHOTS

The NFL draft is expected to be especially deep at wide receiver and cornerback. Here are five of the top prospects at each position:

WIDE RECEIVERS

• Sammy Watkins, Clemson: He’s considered the best receiver prospect in the past three years, but may be out of the 49ers’ reach.

• Mike Evans, Texas A&M: The 6-foot-5 Evans is a former basketball player and was quarterback Johnny Manziel’s favorite target – especially in the red zone.

• Marqise Lee, USC: A smooth and slippery receiver, but is he rugged enough for the rough-and-tumble NFC West?

• Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State: He’s nearly 6-6, has good speed and is a handful for defensive backs. His hands, however, have been unreliable.

• Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: The Stockton native has rare acceleration and led all wideouts in receiving yards in 2013. At 5-10, size is a concern.

CORNERBACK

• Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: He may be the best athlete at the position. He had seven interceptions last season. He also returned six kickoffs for touchdowns while at Oklahomas State.

• Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State: He won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and was particularly tough in the Big Ten title game against Ohio State.

• Bradley Roby, Ohio State: He should be one of the fastest players at the scouting combine with a chance to run a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash.

• Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: Mike Mayock says Fuller, who battled injuries as a senior, will be a first-round pick if he runs well at the combine.

• Terrance Mitchell, Oregon: The Sacramento native and Burbank High School graduate has the long arms and press coverage ability NFL evaluators seek these days.

– Matthew Barrows

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