Round 7, Pick No. 262 Overall (Compensatory): 49ers select WR Braylon Sanders, Ole Miss
Sure, the Niners have already stockpiled some wide receiver depth earlier in the draft by adding Kevin Austin. Yet Austin isn’t necessarily a big-time home-run threat when he gets the ball in his hands.
What might be of greater use is a gadget-type weapon who has some field-stretching capabilities.
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Ole Miss wide receiver Braylon Sanders has demonstrated that to a nice degree, averaging over 22 yards per reception during his final two years with the Rebels. Yet the 6-foot, 194-pound wideout does come with a notable injury history, and that’s something San Francisco would prefer to avoid.
However, with the “Mr. Irrelevant” pick of this year’s NFL Draft, and with the knowledge Sanders would be little more than a situational player if he rises above just being on the 90-man offseason roster, it doesn’t exactly matter this deep in the draft anyway.
The 49ers would be banking on Sanders’ upside, little else. And with the need to spark some competition at the back end of the receiving depth chart, they could surely do worse.
Especially if the Niners only grab offensive players, which they won’t.