The San Francisco 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16, with the 49ers looking to move into the fifth playoff seed. The 49ers are 12-point favorites over a Falcons squad that saw the bottom fall out from their season. Atlanta has won two of their last three games, but they remain in the hunt for a top five draft pick.
While the Falcons are scuffling along, they do have some talented players on the roster. It makes it odd at times to see how they've struggled, but they do still have quality players we would not mind on the 49ers roster. We'll be doing some cross-blogging this week with our friends at The Falcoholic, and today we're going to start with a look at Falcons players we might want to add to the 49ers.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez is an easy option given what he could add alongside Vernon Davis. However, my choice on the offensive side of the ball is wide receiver Harry Douglas. Roddy White or a healthy Julio Jones might seem like better choices in the bigger picture, but Douglas could add to the 49ers passing attack as a bit of an under-the-radar option.
In the current 49ers offense, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are the top two wide receiver options, with Vernon Davis as the biggest deep threat on the team. Given the weapons already in place, Douglas could make for an ideal third wide receiver. He wouldn't have the 73 receptions and 963 yards he currently has, but I think we could see him getting more looks than Mario Manningham currently gets. Colin Kaepernick might still be focused on Crabtree, Boldin and Davis, but I think Douglas could bring something to the table.
On the defensive side of the ball, I'd probably go with Desmond Trufant. The Falcons selected the cornerback this past April with the 22nd overall pick. The 49ers have depth at cornerback with Tarell Brown coming back, but this would be more of a long-term addition with so many question marks after the 2013 season.