First up in the ranking is Michael Pittman Jr. from USC. Pittman is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, and so is the kind of the big-bodied receiver the Niners need. Pittman had a solid four-year career at USC, finishing with his best numbers his senior year with 101 receptions 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Pittman is an athletic beast, great at making tough, physical catches. His physicality would allow him to make big plays and come down with the ball. As a UCLA fan, I can attest to this. However, he is not as polished of a product as some of the other receivers in this draft.
But he does have the athletic skill set that could allow him to be versatile enough to fill the many roles Kyle Shanahan likes to call on his receivers to play.
Pittman also has one other thing going for him that makes him a great fit for San Francisco. And that is that it is likely he could be available when the 49ers are drafting. The Niners’ first pick in the draft is 31st overall, so unless they trade up, they likely won’t be able to get some of the other receivers on this list.
Pittman is unlikely to go that early, and so will likely be available when the Niners pick at No. 31, and possibly even if the Niners decide to trade back to later in the draft.
For those reasons, Pittman could be a great fit for the 49ers.