INDIANAPOLIS – The 49ers will have some options if their need for speed prompts them to devote the 30th overall draft pick on a wide receiver to team up with Michael Crabtree and, more than likely, Anquan Boldin.
Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Colorado's Paul Richardson and LSU’s Odell Beckham, considered possible late-first round talents, ran blazing times in the 40-yard dash Sunday morning at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Cooks ran an official time of 4.33 seconds on both of his runs. Richardson clocked a 4.40, while Beckham checked in with an official 4.43 seconds. Each of the receivers could be used in the slot. Additionally, Cooks and Beckham can handle punt returns. Cooks is 5 foot 9 3/4, 189 pounds. Richardson is 6-foot, 175 pounds. And Beckham is 5-11 1/2, 198 pounds.
Another player to watch is Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt. He 6-3, 212 pounds, and ran the 40 in 4.46. In his final two college seasons, he caught 206 passes for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Cooks caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards with 16 touchdowns last season. He said he sees himself as a fit for a West Coast offense. The 49ers run a derivative of the Bill Walsh offense.
“I would love it,” Cooks said. “Coming from a pro-style system at Oregon State with coach (Mike) Riley, I feel like that would be an easy transition to be able to go somewhere like a West Coast offense and fit right in and make an impact right away.”
Beckham experienced more success as a punt returner than Cooks during his college career with a 9.3-yard average and two touchdowns. He caught 57 passes for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns last season at LSU.
Richardson caught 83 passes for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Official wide receiver times
Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) 4.33
John Brown (Pittsburg State) 4.34
Paul Richardson (Colorado) 4.40
Donte Moncrief (Mississippi) 4.40
Martavis Bryant (Clemson) 4.42
Jeff Janis (Saginaw State) 4.42
Sammy Watkins (Clemson) 4.43
Odell Beckham, LSU, 4.43
Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) 4.46
Marqise Lee (USC) 4.52
Mike Evans (Texas A&M) 4.53
Davante Adams (Fresno State) 4.56
Allen Robinson (Penn State) 4.60
Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) 4.61
Jarvis Landry (LSU) 4.77