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49ers Select WR Williams


With their third pick of the sixth-round, the 49ers selected wide receiver Kyle Williams out of Arizona State (No. 206 overall).

Williams spoke with local reporters after the pick. Here's a transcript of his interview.

On his background in the Bay Area:"I was actually born in San Jose and I spent a lot of my younger years there until we moved out to Chicago. I was there as a youngin'. My grandparents are still in San Jose. I've got a lot of cousins that are in the San Francisco area, Oakland area. That's home, right there. That's basically my second home. I grew up there. I was born there and I'm just happy to get a chance to go back."

On how it is that he's not a baseball player:"It's kind of crazy. I'm kind of the oddball of the family because everybody did baseball. I kind of ventured my own way, but it's one of those things where people said that I couldn't do it. I wasn't good enough to do it. I had to prove them otherwise. I'm one of those guys when somebody tells me I can't do something, I'm going to start to do it just to prove them wrong. I've done that and this is huge. I'm so excited right now. So excited."

On whether this is better than getting selected in the 47th round of the baseball draft:"Yes, 100 percent better, 200 percent better. This is a dream since I was a kid and I told [Wide Receivers] Coach [Jerry] Sullivan earlier, my brother's been a Niners fan his entire life so I've been fortunate enough to watch every Niners game when I was growing up so I'm super excited about this. This is huge."

On whether he used to go out to games at Candlestick Park:"No, I didn't get to go to any games because I was just a young guy when I was out there. But again, watching every single game on TV every Sunday – faithful Niners fans in my family and I know my grandmother is ecstatic right now that I get to play a couple minutes from her. They love it right now. They are so excited , I can tell."



On how he fits in the return game:**"I'm going to fit in any way that I can. I know we've got Mr. [WR Ted] Ginn [Jr.] over there now. So I don't know if that means I'm going to have to spell him or if he gets a more prominent role in the offense, if I'm going to have to step in, but I'm definitely able to punt return and kick return and do whatever they need from me. If I need to go down there and cover punts, I'm doing that. If they need me to long snap, I'll do that. Anything they need me to do, I'm game. I just want to be on that field."

On his style as a route runner:"I normally work out of the slot for the most part, which I think will complement our offense over there. I'm a quick guy, elusive, I can get up and get on people's toes and create separation with my speed down the field and I'm able to stop quick on a dime and get in and out of breaks. I just need to get back on the field and do it. The waiting process is the worst part. I just need to get back on the field and play some football."

On whether he worked his last year in college to add some bulk:"Yes, since the year ended I got a little bigger. I think I put on about 9 or 10 pounds. Now I think I'm weighing about 195. Where when I was at ASU, I was playing around 185,186. I got a little meat on me just to be able to take these NFL type hits. It didn't slow me down at all. At my pro day, I weighed in at 193 and I was still able to run a 4.3 flat, so I'm still fast and I'm still going to be the same player, just a little bit more bulk on me."

On how he seems to be familiar with the team already:"I'm just one of those guys that doesn't really turn NFL Network off so I know what's going on in the league, as much as a fan can know. I know what's going on as far as who's on the team and personnel and the style of offense for the most part, so just being able to be on the same field, the same system as [WR Michael] Crabtree, [WR] Ted Ginn, [TE] Vernon Davis and [RB] Frank Gore, it's a great opportunity and I think that we will be able to make some noise. I know I just got on the squad a couple days ago. I still have to prove myself and make the team, but I feel like I'm going to get in there and I'm going to do that and I feel like we are going to have a tight offensive attack."

On whether he was hoping he would get drafted by the Bears:"A little bit. I was really hoping to get drafted. I'm one of those guys, where I just want an opportunity and I wasn't one of the highest rated guys. I got picked in the sixth round obviously. I just wanted to get picked. I'm one of those guys, I'm grateful for every opportunity that I get. I got this one and I'm going to take full advantage of it."

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