The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to bring in Martavis Bryant monday, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Bryant has a great combination of size and speed–6’4″ and a 4.42 40 time. Not surprisingly, he has garnered a lot of pre-draft attention and has visits scheduled with 12 teams.
Nevertheless, the 49ers would be smart to pick him up in the second round. True, he played second fiddle to the draft’s best receiver, Sammy Watkins, but Bryant can put on a highlight show all by himself too. He averaged 19.7 yards per catch this past year at Clemson and showed flashes of greatness, especially in the red zone, in the Tigers’ bowl game against Ohio State (see right). This past season was also his first with extensive action, meaning he could use a couple of veterans in Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree to learn from as he adjusts to the NFL.
The 49ers want a receiver with size and they want a receiver with speed. Bryant is the best combination of that in this draft (Mike Evans had a 4.53 and Kelvin Benjamin had a 4.61; both are 6’5″). If the 49ers are convinced they can get him in the second round–perhaps trading up or with the pick from Kansas City–then they can feel safe using the first rounder on a cornerback or, potentially, trading down to pick up an extra selection next year while getting Bryant and a cornerback in the second round.
There are a lot of options for Trent Baalke, but Martavis Bryant may be the best of them all.