The San Francisco 49ers reportedly are close to a deal with Anquan Boldin, but that does not mean they should neglect their long-term future at the position. This is a deep receiver class, but one man stands out beyond the crowd–and it is not even close. That man is Sammy Watkins of Clemson.
Watkins could go in the top ten–or perhaps even top-five. It is not every year a receiver of his caliber enters the draft–think Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, and A.J. Green. He is a player that any team would absolutely love to have.
With that said, what is he worth? Could he possibly be worth a 1st and 2 seconds, or a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick? Considering Trent Baalke‘s relatively poor drafts in the past two years, especially 2012, it may be a better move to simply trade most of a draft to obtain a receiver that is as close to bust-proof as there has been in the past couple of years. If the 49ers end up with Mike Evans or another highly-touted receiver, the team will no doubt hype their decision and fans will likely be excited. Though he was not highly-rated, remember A.J. Jenkins?. It may be time, however, to close in on a single prospect, especially on a team so deep, and solidify a position of difficulty for years to come.