As I was watching NFL Network’s Path to the Draft it was the San Francisco 49ers that were showcased. A mock of what their needs would look like inside their war room, former NFL player Curtis Conway believes the 49ers will target a wide receiver with their first-round draft pick, as he says:
A guy like WR Brandin Cooks. He stands out to me, if he’s available at 30, D.J. I think you have to take him. When you talk about WR Anquan Boldin, the season that he had last year, you line him up in the slot, he made his money in the slot last year, you lined up WR Michael Crabtree outside of Boldin, then you go to the other side TE Vernon Davis, and now you got the likes of Brandin Cooks out there, a guy that can stretch the field, you have to respect the deep ball when it’s out there.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah then had his take on the first-round on the defensive side of the ball as he said:
Because of ILB NaVorro Bowman, because of that injury, I think you could have a player like OLB Ryan Shazier from Ohio State. Could come into play with that pick No. 30. You talk about an athlete, Bowman and Willis very athletic, Shazier similar athleticism, not quite as instinctive but would be an interesting option.
So what does this mean? Well considering the 49ers already have entrenched All-Pro’s at the outside linebacker position with OLB Aldon Smith and OLB Ahmad Brooks respectively, while also having OLB Corey Lemonier and OLB Dan Skuta, adding Watson would surely push Skuta for a 53-man roster spot. And with the draft right around the corner, the 49ers may have showed their hand as they will likely target an outside linebacker at some point in the draft, and it may be OLB Dee Ford or OLB Ryan Shazier.
With the NFL draft quickly upon us, it will be interesting to see who they draft as the 49ers could also target WR Mike Evans and if so, will need to trade with the Atlanta Falcons at No. 6.
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