49ers’ Wide Receiver targets in Second Round features Jordan Matthews

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As the 2014 NFL Draft continues with the second and third-rounds today, many Forever Faithful are asking, “Will the 49ers make a move for a wide receiver?” A question that seems obvious, no one really knows for sure if and or when they will target their deep-threat. And while the 49ers signed free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd, the 49ers still need a wide receiver to groom as an insurance policy for WR Michael Crabtree’s expected departure next year. A deep wide receiver draft class, do not be surprised if the 49ers opt not trade up and instead let the board to fall them.

Since GM Trent Baalke took over the 49ers war room in 2010, he has selected only four wide receivers. Those receivers include WR Kyle Williams (6th Round), WR Ronald Johnson (6th Round), WR A.J. Jenkins (1st Round) and WR Quinton Patton (4th Round).

A trend that sees Baalke select smaller/slot receivers in the sixth-round in both Williams and Johnson, again do not be surprised if Baalke does the same this time around. However, with both Jenkins and Patton being in the 6-0 range, look for Baalke to target a tier No. 2 wide receiver in either WR Jordan Matthews, WR Marqise Lee, or WR Davante Adams.

Three players that have the measurables that Baalke covets, only Lee has special-teams ability in the return-game making him a perfect fit. But with Matthews still on board, will the 49ers target the legacy? The cousin of Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice Matthews has the football savvy, soft hands, and deceptive speed to be a down field deep-threat. Just watch the game-film as he’s the SEC’s all-time leading receiver and you can see why I’m so high on the Vanderbilt product.

With the 49ers having two second-round pick (No. 56) and (No. 61) it will be interesting to see which direction they will go in as they find a tier No. 2 wide receiver. But then again, if they feel no wide receiver is worthy, will they then draft a linebacker or offensive lineman like T Joel Bitonio? Time will tell.

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