San Francisco 49ers: First round candidates at wideout

San Francisco 49ers

Football never ends right?  The season have been over for more than a couple of weeks but that only means that the off-season is in full swing.  The San Francisco 49ers, like all the other teams are looking at the draft and free agency to get better but before I look at some potential draft targets, let’s look at what the 49ers should look for.

Team needs

The 49ers are one of the few teams that don’t have any glaring needs.  At the moment, they are a very well balanced team, that have extremely talented players of both sides of the ball.  That being said, they could very well end up with 12 picks in this year’s draft which could be used to add depth and a big time player or two.  They have upcoming free agent in Anquan Boldin and Donte Whitner and Tarell Brown and because it will be difficult to keep them all, it would serve the 49ers well to address these positions in the draft.  Now let’s take a look at some potential selections at wide receiver San Francisco could be looking at.

Sammy Watkins, Clemson


With that tough secondary the Seattle Seahawks have coming back next year, San Francisco needs to continue to bolster their passing attack and their wide receiver corps.   Assuming that Boldin comes back and with a healthy Michael Crabtree, adding either of these two would elevate the group considerably.  Watkins is a speedy receiver who finished his career at Clemson with a 16-catch performance against Ohio St. in the Orange Bowl.  His speed allows him to beat his man outside and his good hands make a a reliable target in the middle of the field.

Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Evans is a big guy at 6’5 225 lbs, and he uses his body to break tackles and create separation against the opposition.  He may not posses the speed of Watkins but his frame and his athletic ability allows him to a great weapon in the endzone.  Although there are questions about his maturation level and whether or not his success was a product of Johnny Manziel, you’d still be hard pressed to find another wide receiver with his physical tools.

Kelvin Benjamin, Florida St.

Like Evans, Benjamin is a big physical receiver at 6’5 225 lbs.  He caught the game winning touchdown in the BCS title game and is currently predicted to be a late first rounder which could mean that he could be available for the 49ers.  He’s another tough guy for defenses to bring down and although his is prone to the occasional dropped pass, his frame and large wingspan allows the quarterback to get away with some less precise throws.

Yes, the first two guys on the list may be a pipe dream because the 49ers are on the clock for the 30th pick, but they still have plethora of picks that they probably won’t need so why not trade up to get one of these guys if they fall to say 8-15.  Benjamin is no slouch either and I can easily see him moving up five to ten spots by draft day.