49ers to have plenty of options at WR, CB positions in NFL draft

2/24/14 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsDespite, making their first pick of the 2014 NFL draft late in the first-round, the San Francisco 49ers are expected to have plenty of viable options. Analysts have the 49ers picking either a wide receiver, or a cornerback or a defensive lineman with their 30th overall pick. While most projected top-picks at the position do not last late into the first-round, things are expected to be in May’s draft due to the depth at the position this year.
The last time the 49ers had the 30th overall pick, they drafted wide receiver A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois in 2012. However, Jenkins was failed to develop much during his rookie season and played sparingly. He was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last August, after playing just three games for the 49ers during the 2012 season. He went on to play 16 games (with one start) in Kansas City, while making 18 catches for 130 yards and no touchdowns.
However, things won’t be the same this year if the 49ers opt to use their 30th pick on a wide receiver. In stark contrast to the 2012 NFL Draft, this year’s draft class is considered to be arguably the most talent-laden draft class in recent history. The 49ers are fortunate that the wide-receiver and cornerback draft pol is brimming with natural talent – especially considering these are the position where the team has its greatest need next season.
"From my perspective, this is the best and deepest draft I've seen in probably 10 years," Mike Mayock of the NFL Network said earlier this week. "That's been reinforced by the general managers and scouts that I've talked to around the league. I had one GM tell me that a top-20 pick this year is very similar to having a top-10 pick last year."
NFL Films' Greg Cosell asserted that former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins isindeed the top prospect at his position since 2011 when A.J. Green and Julio Jones were selected with fourth and sixth overall picks, respectively.
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