There is no secret that the San Francisco 49ers need a deep-threat at the wide-receiver position. A team that has plenty of solid possession receivers they are still lacking that burner on the outside and one player who could fill that void is WR Torrey Smith.
Multiple league sources say #49ers are very interested in Torrey Smith. Again, they need a deep threat WR–he’s it.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 8, 2015
According to ESPNs Adam Caplan, Smith is high on the 49ers radar as the team is said to be ‘very interested’ in the fifth-year veteran. But how will he fit into the 49ers offensive scheme?
The 49ers are built to run and will continue being a run-first team. So how much value would Smith actually bring to the table?
I agree the 49ers need to find their home-run threat but there are plenty of other options out there who may come cheaper. Not to mention, Smith has only recorded one 1,000 yard season in his four years in the NFL, I wonder what his market value will be as the 49ers may have to overpay for the unrestricted free-agent.
But Smith does have the skill-set the 49ers are looking for. He can stretch the defense between the 20s while forcing safeties to help over the top. No longer can teams stack the box with eight or nine man fronts with a single-high safety playing centerfield.
And with 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick continuing to mature as an NFL quarterback–having a home-run threat at his disposal can only help that maturation process.
Whether the 49ers sign Smith or not, you can be sure a deep-threat wide-receiver will be one of their top two priorities heading into free-agency and the NFL draft. And while Smith is reported to be on their radar, it will be interesting to see what he commands on the open-market as GM Trent Baalke doesn’t overpay for free-agents.
Originally a second-round pick (No. 58) of the 2011 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens, Smith has lived up to that billing. In four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens Smith has recorded 213 receptions for 3,591 yards, 16.9 yard per-catch average and 30 touchdowns.