While plenty of hype has been given to WR Brandin Cooks (Oregon State) and WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M), it’s another wide receiver that I have been extremely high on in WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt). A player that I gave a first-round grade after the NFL scouting combine, I then wrote an article on whether the 49ers would target him. Well apparently ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is catching on, as he has the 49ers drafting the SEC product if the 49ers remain at pick No. 30. A big “if” as I don’t see that happening as the 49ers have a plethora of draft picks to move up and select a player like Cooks or possibly Evans, Matthews would be a nice plan B, as Kiper said:
“Analysis: The return of Anquan Boldin isn’t enough for me to consider the wide receiver depth chart in San Francisco complete, and an experienced, projectable, reliable pass-catcher with underrated explosiveness both before and after the catch could provide some early impact for the 49ers. Matthews had been maligned for his lack of top-end speed, but his senior tape combined with a 4.46 40-time in Indy tells a different story, and it’s hard to get past the fact that everyone knew Vandy wanted to get Matthews the ball, and nobody could keep him covered — even in the SEC.”
And if you were hoping the 49ers select TCU’s CB Jason Verrett, in Kiper’s mock draft 4.0 he has the 49ers passing on him as he goes one pick later to the Denver Broncos.