The 2014 NFL season has two weeks of games remaining, but with the playoff field narrowing, we have officially entered draft season for a lot of teams...including the San Francisco 49ers. Todd McShay has officially gotten in the mix with his first 2015 NFL mock draft. This will change quite a bit between now and next April, but we can look at this as a sort of base line for McShay.
In this first mock draft, McShay has the 49ers selecting Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess with their first round pick. McShay has the 49ers picking No. 15, instead of 16. It looks like the strength of schedule adjusted enough to improve the 49ers pick one spot, so that's a plus. Here is what he had to say about Funchess:
Analysis: The Niners could look to address their offensive line or defensive front with their first-round pick, but Colin Kaepernick needs a big target to help him out and Funchess fits the bill. He has a huge catching radius and is a downfield threat because of his combination of size and speed. He's also shown the ability to gain yards after the catch with his elusiveness and strength.
No matter what happens with the coaching staff, wide receiver will be a significant need for San Francisco. Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd are free agents, leaving the team with Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, Chuck Jacobs and Lance Lewis as their receivers under contract when the season ends. They could get a contract extension done with Crabtree or Lloyd, but even still, they need to find a game-breaker. After striking out on A.J. Jenkins, Funchess would certainly be an intriguing addition.
Here is some of what ESPN's Scouts Inc has to say about Funchess: