This post was written by Jared Quan
During the 2011 draft many fans would attempt to telepathically tell head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Balke who they should pick. The 49ers like many teams disappointed the most avid expert’s draft board. However the 49ers snatched up one potential gem in the sixth round. USC’s wide receiver Ronald Johnson was projected to be picked in the third round. This was due to his good hands and quick bursts of speed. Also, his 40-time at 4.4, hand size at 9 inches, and arm length at 30.6 made him ideal for returning kicks and creating some separation on crisp routes. At USC he had 64 receptions, for 692 yards, and 8 touchdowns.
On the downside he stands 5 foot 11 inches and weighs 190 lbs. Even though he was effective at USC, he lacks the bulk of an NFL receiver, and has real issues with getting separation when jammed at the line. At USC he showed his strength and athleticism by playing bigger and taller than his stats. Unfortunately he will have to transition into relying more on his skill and speed to play in the NFL as a solid contributor.
In conclusion, Ronald Johnson is a great pick for the 49ers special teams, and an average pick for the 49ers receiving corp. No amount of working out will help his 5’11 height, however with hard work he can be easily coached into the slot position and be a solid contributor to the special teams.