The San Francisco 49ers should trade up to take a receiver in this draft, and that receiver should not be Sammy Watkins. Even if the 49ers could reasonably afford the cost to win the rights to select Watkins, he may not be the best fit for this team. The 49ers already have Michael Crabtree, a similar type of player with comparable size. Rather, the 49ers should trade into the 10-15 range and select another prospect from the giant state of Texas, A&M’s Mike Evans.
The 49ers have struggled consistently in the red zone. A 6-5 target such as Evans would definitely help in this regard. Furthermore, Evans plays with a dedication and passion reminiscent of likely-to-be-re-signed Anquan Boldin. With Boldin as a mentor, Evans should be able to figure out how best to channel his energy and passion for positive gains instead of 15-yard penalties.
With a 6-1 primary option in Crabtree and other not-so-big options in Boldin and 6-0 Quinton Patton, the 49ers could most certainly use some height on their squad, and Evans can offer that. His huge arms would be a draw to an arm-length loving Trent Baalke too.
Should the 49ers deem Evans not worth the trade, or are unable to obtain him, another curious prospect is 6-5 Kelvin Benjamin, also a redshirt sophomore, but from national champion Florida State. With similar arm-length, bigger hands, and a bigger build than Evans, Benjamin possesses all of the physical tools necessary to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL. He might need some time to develop, but re-signing Boldin and potentially letting Patton get more targets–or signing another receiver, such as Sydney Rice–could easily allow this development to occur.
The 49ers have options in this draft at wide receiver. More than anything, at this position, height is a necessity for this team.