The San Francisco 49ers are preparing to host some draft prospects, with Matt Barrows reporting that around 10 will show up for meetings and a tour on April 14. According to Barrows, the first known prospect to be attending the 49ers’ facility that day is Albert Wilson, a small (5’9″) but solid (202 lbs) receiver out of 0-12 Georgia State.
Before that record (or that size) causes you to feel a great burst of disappointment, consider the fact that Wilson had 71 catches for 1,177 yards, good enough for just over 16.5 yards per catch. Also factor in his 4.43 time in the most overrated of all combine drills and 30 3/8 inch arms and you have some potential in a small package. Looking at the success of players such as Steve Smith and DeSean Jackson should also boost the confidence of a player like Wilson.
Wilson, of course, is not making the rounds on pop drafts around the web, but he could be a solid day 2–more likely day 3–pickup. He has a ton of potential to be the deadly slot weapon and deep threat that the 49ers have been craving for years, while allowing Trent Baalke to spend his early picks on a cornerback or a big receiver with Baalke’s preferred big arms and hands.
Whatever happens will be interesting, but as the draft comes ever closer, events such as visits become even more prominent hints at the picks to come.