There was the gamble to go with either a linebacker or impact wide receiver for the 49ers in Round 2. Some of the Niners’ wide receiver targets, namely Georgia’s Riley Ridley and South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, went late in the round and didn’t fall to San Francisco at pick No. 63 overall.
Still, the 49ers need to address this position in a bad way this offseason. Last year, no Niners wideout reached 500 receiving yards. There’s also a good chance San Francisco moves on from veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon this offseason, after he landed on injured reserve for the second time in his two-year tenure with the team.
And after the 49ers finished with the league’s worst red-zone touchdown efficiency in 2018, it’s pretty safe to say head coach Kyle Shanahan would benefit from a big-bodied, go-to guy.
That’s what NC State wide receiver Kelvin Harmon is. At 6-foot-3 and 214 pounds, Harmon would immediately be the Niners’ biggest player at the position.
Harmon doesn’t possess elite-level speed — a trait Shanahan covets. But it’s good enough, especially at the second level, and Harmon’s route running and strength should combine to make up for the relative lack of straight-line abilities.