Potential Fit with the 49ers
If the Niners are interested in A.J. Brown, so is a good portion of the Bay Area media.
At least according to Matt Barrows:
Speaking of what Barrows referred to as the “Z receiver,” that’s a wideout commonly associated in a West Coast scheme as being the receiver off the line of scrimmage. There are variations to this, of course, which include a Z wideout commonly lined up on the strong side of an offensive formation.
Yet it’s important to note head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense mixes and mismatches his wideouts with motions and various other packages, so receivers don’t always run routes associated with their positions.
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Sounds confusing? Good. That’s what Shanahan wants.
Instead of getting hung up on Xs and Os, consider this: Brown would occupy a position the 49ers intended to have for veteran wideout Pierre Garçon, whose 2019 option won’t be picked up after two disappointing years in San Francisco.
As far as when San Francisco would target Brown, it certainly wouldn’t be with the team’s first pick at No. 2 overall. A trade down in Round 1 could justify a selection, although the likelier of scenarios is waiting to see if Brown is available in the second round at No. 36 overall.
But we’ll have to wait for day one of the 2019 NFL Draft, which kicks off on Thursday, April 25, to see if that scenario is possible.