The San Francisco 49ers offense took a big step forward when Jimmy Garoppolo took over, and we saw some impressive work from the wide receivers. Marquise Goodwin had a breakout year, Trent Taylor was a key weapon in the slot, and even Kendrick Bourne started to emerge after a slow start to the season.
One player who did not get a chance to connect with Jimmy G was Pierre Garçon. He fractured a bone in his neck eight games into the season, and spent the second half of the year on injured reserve.
Garçon was by far the 49ers most accomplished receiver coming into the season, and one can only imagine what he might of meant for Garoppolo. Considering how the 49ers offense performed without Garçon though, it does have me wondering what we might see with the return of the veteran receiver.
The 49ers did not add any receivers in free agency, and their depth chart currently includes Garçon, Goodwin, Taylor, Bourne, Aldrick Robinson, Victor Bolden Jr., Aaron Burbridge, Max McCaffrey, and De Andre Carter. Garçon is certainly not an addition, but given his absence after Jimmy G’s move into the starting lineup, he is almost like a new addition to the group. He brings considerable talent, but also another mouth to feed in the passing game. I’m not saying that in a bad way, but just that it is another factor in the development of the offense this offseason.
The 49ers likely won’t add any more veterans to the receiver corps, but I do wonder what their plan is when the draft arrives. There will be at least one or two undrafted free agent additions for bottom of the roster competition, but what about the draft? Early on there were mocks suggesting guys like Calvin Ridley or Courtland Sutton at No. 9. That has changed, and now we’re seeing more middle round suggestions at the wide receiver position. But where exactly do the 49ers end up adding a receiver later this month, if at all?
When will the 49ers draft a WR in the 2018 NFL Draft?
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4th round or later
No drafted WR