2024 NFL Mock Draft: Plugging the holes to push 49ers to Super Bowl

The less said about the 49ers' Super Bowl heartbreak, the better for all of us. But that doesn't mean we don't immediately try to go one better next season.

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Wide Receiver. San Francisco 49ers. 124. 519. . Brenden Rice. Brenden Rice. 124. . player

Brenden Rice has been a romantic pick for the 49ers, given his father is the greatest Niners (or player) of all time.

Jerry Rice, you might have heard of him?

But there's also a logical side to it, too. The 49ers and Brandon Aiyuk will be working on a long-term deal, but there's no telling how that'll go. San Francisco also needs to build up depth behind Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Jauan Jennings, the latter being a restricted free agent this offseason.

Rice had 45 receptions for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2023, catching the ball from likely No. 1 pick, quarterback Caleb Williams. Rice has a good size at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, plus good route-running abilities as you'd expect from someone with his bloodline.

Rice is on the Day 2/Day 3 bubble, so the Niners might have to look at him with a higher pick than this if he has a strong predraft process.