The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of work in front of them this offseason, and it will include a busy three days during the 2015 NFL Draft. The team will likely have nine picks, which will likely include two compensation picks, and we know Trent Baalke likes to get busy on draft day.
The 49ers have the 15th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, and will have their highest pick since they selected Aldon Smith with the seventh pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. They'll have a great chance to find some serious talent, and could stockpile some picks if they are so inclined.
With that in mind, we have Mocking The Draft's latest 2015 NFL mock draft. In the mock, Dan Kadar has the 49ers selecting West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White. Dan had this quick comment on White to the 49ers.
Michael Crabtree is a free agent, Anquan Boldin turns 35 next season and frankly the 49ers don't have much talent at the position otherwise. White is a lot like DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. He has enough size and athleticism to go along with good hands.
Dan's mock has four wide receivers in the first round, including Alabama's Amari Cooper (No. 4), Louisville's DeVante Parker (No. 11), and Arizona State's Jaelen Strong (No. 19). In his previous mock draft, Kadar had the 49ers selecting Michigan wide receiver Devin Funchess.
The 49ers wide receiver position features some significant talent, but some big questions as well. Anquan Boldin should be back next year, and remains an absolute hoss. Stevie Johnson had a down year, but a midseason knee injury likely played a big part in that. He has cap figures of just over $6 million the next two seasons, so it is entirely possible we see the team re-negotiate his contract.
After that though, there are plenty of questions. Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd are both free agents. Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington (among other young wide receivers) will get opportunities next year, but we don't really know what they will bring to the table. A lot of this will depend on what the next head coach and offensive coordinator bring to the table, but the 49ers will need to add some talent to their offensive arsenal.