It seems obvious that the San Francisco 49ers want to add another receiver to their trio of Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, perhaps in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.
Although there have been rumors that the San Francisco 49ers (along with the New York Jets) are very interested in trading up for former LSU Tigers’ wide receiver Odell Beckham or Oregon State Beavers’ wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Kevin Lynch of The San Francisco Gate wonders if they may be better off staying at 30 and selecting a receiver.
That receiver, according to Lynch, could be the hero of the BCS National Championship Game, former Florida State Seminoles’ star Kelvin Benjamin.
Even receivers who are among league leaders in yards per reception typically have size. Of last year’s top 10 in that category, only Jackson and Ram Chris Givens were under six feet. In fact, the 6-3, 220-pound Riley Cooper had a higher yards per catch average than his now former teammate, DeSean Jackson.
If the 49ers fail to trade up and get Beckham Jr., a bigger receiver could fall to them at no. 30, including FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin. Reportedly, the 49ers have interest in Benjamin, a 6-5, 240-pounder, who could also be used as a tight end.
Benjamin met with the 49ers back in April.
Benjamin made 54 catches for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.