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PFF views 49ers WR as glaring roster hole

The San Francisco 49ers have some intriguing options at wide receiver, but it's a lot of potential and not a lot of production thus far.

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The San Francisco 49ers offseason has seen the 49ers sign CFL standout Eric Rogers, and not conduct any negotiations with wide receiver Anquan Boldin. The position remains a question mark, with some intriguing talent, but a lot of relatively unproven talent.

Pro Football Focus recently put together a look at "10 glaring roster holes" following the first two weeks of free agency. They included the 49ers wide receiver position on the list, and their discussion focused on the 49ers receiving corps, and issues Chip Kelly had in Philadelphia.

Chip Kelly's Philadelphia offense never really recovered from losing Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson in back-to-back offseasons. Now in San Francisco, 49ers' receiving corps lacks the talent Kelly inherited in his first stint as a head coach. Torrey Smith has certainly flashed the ability to make big plays, but recorded career-lows in receptions (33), yards (663), and touchdowns (four, tied with 2013) in his first season in Santa Clara. It remains a possibility that Anquan Boldin will re-sign with the team (he's currently a free agent), but that appears far from likely. The veteran was the only receiver on the roster to record a positive grade. Backups Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington both graded negatively on the year, and have thus far failed to show the kind of ability required of a starting NFL receiving.

The 49ers wide receiver depth chart includes the following:

Torrey Smith
Quinton Patton
Bruce Ellington
Eric Rogers
DeAndre Smelter
Jerome Simpson
DeAndrew White
DiAndre Campbell
Dres Anderson

The homer in me thinks Rogers, Ellington, and Smelter all could step up, and White, Campbell, or Anderson could also add something. Of course, that's all projection based on potential. The 49ers would seem likely to add some talent in the draft, but how much will they look to add?

Chip Kelly likes bigger receivers, and the 49ers have some options with size. But maybe they decide to add a Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, Kenny Lawler, Keyarris Garrett or someone else. All have some intriguing size, but is it enough to pull the trigger on draft day?