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49ers sign UDFA TE Cole Hikutini out of Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 26: Cole Hikutini #18 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Former Louisville tight end Cole Hikutini reportedly turned down offers from at least four other teams to sign with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent.
  • Hikutini’s 1.8 yards per route run in 2016 would have ranked fifth among drafted tight ends.
  • The 6-foot-4, 247-pounder was the No. 16 tight end in PFF’s pre-draft rankings.
  • Despite a middling 4.85 40-time, Hikutini can stretch the field a little bit, ranking 11th in the class with three receptions of 20-plus yards and 13th in deep reception yards with 94.

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