Having taken a look at the offensive line and tight ends in Part 1, we know move onto the wide receivers, running backs, full backs and quarterbacks.

Need Levels:

 

  • 10 – no backup caliber options at the position
  • 9 – poor backup caliber options at the position
  • 8 – average backup caliber options at the position
  • 7 – good backup/poor starting c caliber player at the position with backups/average player with no depth
  • 6 – average starting caliber player at the position
  • 5 – good starting caliber player at the position
  • 4 – very good starting caliber player at the position/good player with good backup quality player(s)
  • 3 – Pro Bowl caliber player at the position/multiple good to average starters
  • 2 – All-Pro caliber player/multiple Pro-Bowl to good starters
  • 1 – Likely Hall of Famer/multiple Pro Bowl players at the position

 

Wide Receivers

The 49ers went through a complete makeover at the wide receiver position this offseason. After releasing Torrey Smith, and letting Quinton Patton walk, the 49ers then went out and signed Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. Also, they resigned last season’s leading wideout, Jeremy Kerley. The team will also be getting pass catchers Bruce Ellington and Eric Rogers back from season-ending injuries.

 

Left Wideout

Pierre Garçon/ Aaron Burbridge / Eric Rogers

Newly-signed Pierre Garçon looks to be the team’s #1 wideout this upcoming season. With familiarity in Shanahan’s system, Garçon will fit like a glove. Burbridge has yet to show much and former CFL standout Eric Rogers also returns to the 49ers after a season-ending injury. Rogers measures up similarly to Julio Jones but it would be foolish to expect anything close to those levels from him. Making the roster would be an achievement.

Need Level: 5 (good starting caliber player at the position)

 

Slot Wideout

Jeremy Kerley/Bruce Ellington/Chris Harper

Jeremy Kerley was set to test the agency market, but then was brought back on a 3-year deal. Kerley showed tremendous grit and effort last season, after leading the team in receiving yards. Bruce Ellington is returning from a season-ending injury he suffered in the preseason last year. Ellington wipe hope to have a breakout year in Shanahan’s system if he can stay healthy. If he struggles, we may not even see him on the roster in the regular season.

Need Level: 7 (poor starting caliber player at the position with backups)

 

Right Wideout

Marquise Goodwin/Aldrick Robinson/DeAndre Smelter

Former Bills burner Marquise Goodwin was brought in to fill Torrey Smith’s old spot stretching the field. Goodwin is an Olympian track runner, and has a real ability to fly by defenders. Newly-signed Aldrick Robinson appears to be set to return kicks/punts. Smelter has yet to find his groove on the 49ers.

Need Level: 8 (average back up caliber options at the position)

 

Early round options:

  • Mike Williams
  • Corey Davis
  • John Ross

Williams and Davis are considered 1A and 1B in this class. However, there has been some rumors of Davis possibly dropping into the second round. John Ross broke Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record at the combine, so the kid can fly. It’ll be interesting to see if Lynch and Co. decide to get Kyle their own version of Julio in the 1st or 2nd round.

Mid round options:

  • Zay Jones
  • Malachi Dupre
  • Chad Hansen

Jones put up monster numbers during his final season at East Carolina, totaling 158 receptions, 1,746 receiving yards, and 8 touchdowns. Dupre’s numbers weren’t as exciting due the fact Louisiana State ran a run-heavy offensive system, but could really come into his own if he is placed in a pass-first system. As for Hansen, he was Davis Webb’s #1 target while at Cal.The 49ers desperately need production at the position, so I could see them targeting a wide receiver either with their first couple of picks, or in the mid rounds.

Late round options:

  • Carlos Henderson
  • KD Cannon
  • Amara Darboh

Henderson might be my favorite mid-round wide receiver in this class. He has experience in the slot position, totaling a massive 1,535 receiving yards on 82 receptions, and 19 touchdowns! In my opinion, if San Francisco is going to target a wiedout in the later rounds Carlos should be the guy. KD Cannon has ideal speed for the position to succeed at the next level. As for Darboh, Amara is a solid wide receiver, but he cannot be a true WR1.

 

Running Back

The 49ers currently have former Ohio State star Carlos Hyde starting out of the backfield. Hyde has yet to reach that magical 1,000 yards rushing mark, but did come only twelve yards short last season before an injury. Hyde is certainly a talented back, and I think when healthy a top-10 back. Behind Hyde, the team has Dujuan Harris, Mike Davis, and newly-signed Tim Hightower.

 

Early round options:

  • Leonard Fournette
  • Christian McCaffrey
  • Dalvin Cook

There have been reports for a while now linking the 49ers to taking Leonard Fournette at #2 overall. However, I don’t buy it – this team has several gaping holes and spending a pick that high on a running back doesn’t really fill any if the urgent needs. McCaffrey would be a nightmare for opposing defenses in Shanahan’s offense; he is the best route-runner out of the backfield in this year’s class. Cook has some off-the-field concerns, but the talent is there.

Mid round options:

  • Alvin Kamara
  • D’onta Foreman

If the team decides to pass on a back in the first couple of rounds, look for a back like Alvin Kamara to be in their sights. Kamara is a Jamaal Charles clone in my opinion, and would fit in beautifully in this system. Foreman has some injury concerns, but it’s hard to doubt his productivity. Foreman topped 2,000 yards rushing last season, but don’t expect him to catch many passes out of the backfield.

Late round options

  • James Conner
  • Donnell Pumphrey
  • Joe Williams

Conner is not the fastest back in the draft by far, but he wins with his strength. While he does have some major health concerns (torn ACL, diagnosed with cancer), he could be a 3-down back for a team if all goes right. Pumphrey also totaled over 2,000 yards on the ground this season, along with 17 touchdowns to go with that. He needs to bulk up a bit, but could be a valuable pick in the later rounds. Williams can improve on his pass catching, but overall is a solid back that can be selected when most are already gone.

 

Fullback

The 49ers spent all last season without a fullback on the roster. After signing John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan, they went out and made former Baltimore Ravens fullback Kyle Juszcyzk the highest-paid player at his position. Lynch made it clear that Juszcyzk will not be used as a traditional fullback, even went as far as calling him an offensive weapon.

Need Level: 3 (Pro Bowl caliber player at the position)

Early round options:

  • N/A

Mid round options:

  • N/A

Late round options:

  • Freddie Stevenson
  • Sam Rogers
  • Prescott Line

Stevenson will likely be the first, possibly only, fullback drafted come draft day. However, don’t expect to hear his name called in the first 4-5 rounds. Stevenson helped pave the way for FSU’s Dalvin Cook’s monster season. He also shows some pass-catching abilities, totalling ten receptions for 70 yards during his time at FSU.

Quarterback

Arguably the most important position of the offense, if not the whole team, the quarterback has a multitude of needed physical traits and characteristics. For example, accuracy on short, intermediate, and long passes is vital. A quarterback needs to have good poise and pocket awareness, and able to stare down a 360 lbs lineman and bomb the ball 40 yards down the field.

Currently, the team has journeyman signal-caller Bryan Hoyer presumed to start the season under center. After Hoyer signed, his backup in Chicago followed suit and became his backup in the Bay. Hoyer is an average quarterback with above average leadership skills.

 

Need Level: 6 (average starting caliber player at the position)

 

Early round options:

  • Mitchell Trubisky
  • Deshaun Watson
  • Patrick Mahomes III
  • DeShone Kizer

Mitchell Trubisky could very well be the first name called come Thursday evening. Nobody thinks the Browns can out-Brown themselves and pass up on Myles Garrett to select the UNC product, but they might. Trubisky is the most pro-ready quarterback in this class and while he might only have one season of tape to show for it, his play has been outstanding. If the 49ers feel he is their guy, it is a very real possibility they select him at #2 overall. Watson may have a few drawbacks in his play, but the guy has every characteristic you want your starting quarterback to have. Watson is smart, tough, and plays his best on the biggest stages. Mahomes has a huge arm, and an uncanny ability to extend and create plays. He has shown bits and pieces of being a pocket passer, but also has the athleticism needed to escape the pocket if need be. Kizer quite possibly has the best physical traits of all the quarterbacks in this class. A rough 2016 season dropped his draft stock dramatically, but if he falls into the right system – look out.

Mid round options:

  • Brad Kaaya
  • Nate Peterman

If the 49ers decided to use a mid-round pick on a quarterback, I would not be surprised if it were used on Peterman. Peterman has excelled in Pitt’s pro-style system, and has shown great ability to be a pure pocket passer. Kaaya has some good qualities, but overall would need a lot of time and work to thrive at the next level.

Late round options:

  • Joshua Dobbs
  • Jerod Evans
  • Alec Torgerson

Dobbs had an ugly 2016 season, he did not look pro-ready by any means. However, Joshua has won teams over in private meetings with his smarts and personality. He appears to be more of a spread offense quarterback, but he has the intangibles to work with. Evans provides a dual-threat ability, throwing 29 touchdowns and running for another 12 on the ground. Evans is very raw, but has a good skillset and athleticism. Torgerson might go undrafted, but has shown exceptional accuracy, timing, and a big arm while at Pennsylvania. Alec proved at the East-West Shrine Game he belonged with the big boys.