The conclusion of the San Francisco 49ers coaching search has people apoplectic about the future of the franchise, so it is time for some kind of distraction. How about Mel Kiper's first 2015 NFL mock draft?! The coiffed one is back in his wheelhouse with the road to the draft officially underway. The Shrine Game and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practices are taking place this week, and Senior Game activities take place next week. Draft boards are going to be changing quite frequently!
Kiper's first mock has the 49ers going with a guy who will probably be linked to them for much of the next few months, wide receiver Kevin White. The West Virginia product could provide the kind of downfield threat this team lacked in 2014 with Vernon Davis completely ineffective for virtually the entire season. Here is what Kiper had to say about White:
The question marks at wide receiver persist for the 49ers, and Michael Crabtree could be signed somewhere else by the time the draft arrives. If the 49ers want to further aid Colin Kaepernick's development, they need to find another target, ideally a matchup threat and a guy who can win at the catch point and outmuscle defenders for contested catches. White had a monster year at West Virginia and has made himself more explosive in space as he's added strength. He can make plays down the field and give the 49ers the athlete they desperately need if Crabtree isn't around, and Anquan Boldin is arguably the best wide receiver they have.
The 49ers promoted Jim Tomsula on Wednesday, and the question now is what kind of coaching staff he will put together. Rob Chudzinski and Marc Trestman are two names that been mentioned. There has been a lot of talk that Trent Baalke wants to go back to more of a power rushing attack. That being said, the team will still need some downfield weapons. White would potentially be that kind of guy.