Niners sign first-round receiver Jenkins 

click to enlarge New threat: A.J. Jenkins agreed to terms with the 49ers on Wednesday, adding speed to the team’s receiving corps. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • New threat: A.J. Jenkins agreed to terms with the 49ers on Wednesday, adding speed to the team’s receiving corps.

The 49ers completed the last piece to the 2012 draft puzzle Wednesday when they signed first-round pick A.J. Jenkins to a four-year contract. Terms weren’t immediately known, though the max the deal could be worth in his slot as the No. 30 overall pick is $6,947,529, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Jenkins was the last of the team’s seven picks to sign after the other six inked deals about a month
ago.

The wide receiver is expected to added a speed dimension to the Niners receiving corps that has been lacking over the past few seasons.

In his 46 games at Illinois, he tallied 167 career receptions for 2,432 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2011, Jenkins played in 13 games (12 starts) and totaled 90 catches for 1,276 yards and eight touchdowns.

The first-team All-Big Ten Conference and honorable-mention All-America honoree led the conference with an average of 6.92 receptions per game.

How much of an impact Jenkins will make during his first season in the NFL remains to be seen as the Niners added veteran wideouts Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, brought back Ted Ginn Jr. and still have Michael Crabtree on the roster.

Also, reports surfaced that Jenkins was out of shape during an offseason workout session with the Niners in May.

— Staff report

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