No. 2: D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
As mentioned in the T.J. Hockenson slide, I am firmly in favor of a second tight end due to the various possibilities it can bring in both the pass and run game.
However, the 49ers may decide on the more conventional route and decide on a wide receiver to solve the woes in the red zone.
Enter Ole Miss’ D.K. Metcalf.
Walter Football has reported that Metcalf is a love-or-hate prospect, who has draft grades all the way from the first half of the first round down to all the way in the fourth.
Metcalf realistically won’t be a high pick in the first round, short of an exceptional pre-draft process, but he still will intrigue teams in the latter stages of the first round who need a receiver.
Metcalf is a physical freak, with a recent photo of him in the weight room gaining such viral coverage that it made it all the way to an Australian website. He’s large, at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, which the 49ers sorely lack in their receiving corps, and runs routes well with his speed and burst.
His incredibly dominant physicality allows him to track the ball well despite tough coverage, and can make catches over most defensive backs.
He does have some flags. He is rather raw and did suffer a neck injury to end his season, which is why he isn’t a consensus pick in the top 10. But if he falls a bit later in the first round, the 49ers may find such a potential solution to their offensive troubles too good to resist.