With the San Francisco 49ers likely to make some changes to the wide receiving corps for 2019, where does each player stack up and what additions might the Niners make?
It’s no secret the San Francisco 49ers will be in the market for at least one, if not two wide receivers to add to their roster for 2019. With no Niners wide receiver surpassing 500 yards for the season, they are still in need of a true number one receiver.
As well as securing a No. 1, the 49ers will need to look at adding some depth, something which will be achievable through the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. With this year’s free agency offering few options at the position, the draft is where they need to make it happen.
The Niners came up short big time with their receivers in 2018. Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne led all wideouts with a total of 487 yards, followed closely by rookie Dante Pettis. The team’s supposed top two receivers, in Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, both failed miserably, with Garcon set to be released.
The lack of production by the current receivers, along with the fact that Garcon will be going bye-bye, further pushes the Niners’ need at the position. And while the 49ers finished surprisingly in the middle of the pack for passing yards, coming in at 15th overall, much of that can be attributed to tight end George Kittle.
Long story short, they need some new receivers. Looking at the performances and stats of receivers on the current roster, if you were to compile the depth chart today, it would likely look like this:
1: Marquise Goodwin
2: Dante Pettis
3: Kendrick Bourne
4: Trent Taylor
6: Steven Dunbar.
However, if you use your imagination and consider some potential offseason trades, along with acquiring a rookie in the draft, that depth chart is likely to change somewhat.
So, who would get bumped down the order or find themselves relegated to the practice squad? I put together a best-case scenario or dream list of what the 49ers’ wide receiver depth chart could look like for 2019.