As the NFL scouting combine approaches, many NFL teams have already begun drafting up their respective big boards. From dissecting game-film to debating players, the combine will play a key role in confirming which players are deservedly hyped up and which ones need more evaluation. However, with most NFL teams already mocking up prospects, there will be a few that just “wow” as workout warriors. And with the San Francisco 49ers in desperate need of a burner wide receiver, I have identified five players that fit the profile under GM Trent Baalke’s drafting philosophy. So without further ado, the five players to watch are:
1. WR Mike Evans (Texas A&M)
Analysis: Listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Evans would easily become the 49ers’ biggest wide receiver. A player with the perfect H-W-S (height, weight, speed) as Evans is routinely making plays down the field, it’s no wonder Baalke will likely have his name with a gold helmet on their big board. A true deep-threat from the coveted SEC that can stretch the field vertically, Evans will help keep defense’s honest while exposing a single high safety the Seattle Seahawks love to use in FS Earl Thomas.
2. WR Kelvin Benjamin (Florida St.)
Analysis: Benjamin plays in another conference that Baalke loves to pull from in the ACC. Just look at last year when they selected both DE Tank Carradine and LB Nick Moody, both coincidentally played for Florida State, making Benjamin an ideal target. Another big body receiver the 49ers are targeting as Benjamin is listed at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, he would be a nice addition to the 49ers’ redzone offense. A player that will wow NFL analysts with his potential and physical physique, there is no question Benjamin will be atop the wide receiver position for the 49ers to target.
3. WR Allen Robinson (Penn St.)
Analysis: Another conference Baalke loves to pull from in the Big 10, Robinson is a top three talent at the wide receiver position as I believe Robinson to have the best vision of any player in this year’s draft in terms of cut-back ability and agility. If the 49ers can land Robinson that would be huge, as the 49ers already have two good position receivers in WR Anquan Boldin and WR Michael Crabtree.
4. WR Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)
Analysis: A player that will in all likelihood be available for the 49ers’ in the second-round, Matthews is my sleeper pick as I believe him to possess the most potential of any wide receiver in this draft. The SEC’s all-time receiving leader, it’s no wonder Matthews is high on my list. A player I said the 49ers should target, Matthews would be considered a legacy if he comes to San Francisco as his older cousin played very well for them during his tenure, as in WR Jerry Rice.
5. WR Davante Adams (Fresno St.)
Analysis: The trend continues as I have another big body receiver in Adams. A local product from Palo Alto High School, Adams is considered my wild card as his competition was not the best. However, do not think for a moment that Baalke won’t consider him as he drafted G Mike Iupati (Idaho) in the 2010 NFL Draft. A player that attacks the ball at it’s highest point, Adams will be another big body receiver the 49ers are looking for.