The 49ers overhauled their wide receiver corps this offseason, but free-agent pickups like Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin are temporary options at best.
San Francisco hasn’t taken a wide receiver early in the draft since the failed A.J. Jenkins experiment back in 2012. As a result, the Niners have lacked a true impact receiver to take over from the likes of former 49ers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.
Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley is a player worth targeting in the middle of Round 2.
At 6-foot-0 and 190 pounds, Ridley could work on his strength to beat NFL-level cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage. But he has solid speed — something head coach Kyle Shanahan covets — and the ability to make plays after the catch.
Check out what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had to say about Ridley’s potential:
"I think he’s the perfect complementary receiver, majoring in explosive/down-the-field catches. Alabama played with a true freshman quarterback (Jalen Hurts) last fall and he was a little reluctant to force the ball down the field. I think that will change this fall and Ridley will get a chance to show off what he does best. He reminds me a lot of the Vikings’ Stefon Diggs coming out of college. We’ve seen flashes of Diggs’ playmaking skills during his brief career and I believe Ridley has a similar skill set."
Oh, if the 49ers had a player like Diggs on their roster.
They could if Ridley is the target here.