The 2016 NFL mock draft season rolls along, and while there is not much consensus, there are some common names popping up for San Francisco 49ers fans. Quarterback will remain on the radar for some folks, but Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is a very popular pick. I'll be updating the NN mock draft database in the next day or so, and I would bet good money that Treadwell will be the top name listed.
ESPN's Todd McShay released his second mock draft of the year, and he went with Treadwell to the 49ers. Here's what he had to say about Treadwell and the 49ers:
Chip Kelly must eventually solve the 49ers' QB situation, but if Goff and Wentz are off the board, it's likely not going to happen with this pick. The next-best option: Treadwell, who is this draft's clear-cut top wide receiver. He might not blaze a 4.3 40 at the combine, but he's a legit difference-maker at every level of the field. Treadwell reminds me a lot of Dez Bryant physically when he was coming out of Oklahoma State. This is a big, strong receiver with a very good combination of athletic ability, body control and ball skills.
McShay mentions Goff and Wentz off the board as he has them going to the Browns and Cowboys, respectively. I have a feeling group-think is going to have this pairing with some regularity. It will not be everybody, but I think this is going to be a common refrain for the time being.
McShay's last mock draft came in December, and the 49ers were looking at the No. 5 pick at that point. In that draft, McShay went with Jared Goff to the 49ers. He definitely seems to think quarterback is the area they should approach first if they can get either Goff or Wentz. It will be interesting to see if his thoughts change on this in March and April. The Colin Kaepernick situation would seemingly be resolved before the draft, but that is no sure thing. And who knows what free agency will bring to the franchise.
For now though, he is looking offense. It makes sense given the team's 2015 offensive struggles, but with so many options available at No. 7, it will be fascinating to see how this all shakes out.