A quick recap of the situation:
Rather than retain Delanie Walker, who was up for a nice contract, the 49ers chose to draft Vance McDonald in the 2nd round out of Rice. In order to do so, they leapfrogged Seattle, who ended up trading down. Three rounds later in the fifth, the Seahawks chose McDonald's pal, and former Rice teammate, Luke Wilson. After watching Wilson get his first TD of the season against the 49ers, I wanted to look at how they've each performed through fourteen weeks.
Vance McDonald: 6'4" -- 265 lbs
8 Rec, 119 yds, 14.9 avg
Luke Wilson: 6'5" -- 250 lbs
16 Rec, 242 yds, 15.1 avg, 1 TD
While McDonald was believed to have more potential coming into the league, Wilson has made slightly more of an impact in Seattle's passing game. If we look at their AVG, it's safe to conclude that both these guys have "chunk" play potential.
I've had high hopes for McDonald in the passing game, and I think his lack of production can be blamed on scheming more than talent. How often is McDonald Kaepernick's first read? Hardly ever. Nevertheless, it's just a little frustrating to see his buddy up north getting more looks in the passing game. Going forward, it would be nice to see McDonald become a hard yardage guy that can move the sticks. He's definitely built for that and has even proven it with limited chances.
It will be interesting to keep an eye on both these guys as I think they'll be important cogs to their respective offenses in the years ahead. It's also a good storyline for the division rivalry.