4 bold roster predictions for 49ers after drafting wide receiver Ricky Pearsall

The 49ers appeared to be set at wide receiver. Or are they? Here's what the Ricky Pearsall pick could mean for every wide receiver on the roster.
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Admit it, you're as baffled as I am that the San Francisco 49ers drafted a wide receiver in the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

As a fan, you were probably hoping that the 31st selection would provide you with some much-needed clarity, but in the end, all it did was create more confusion when Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall was named as the pick.

Despite all the Brandon Aiyuk drama, it appeared that the last thing this team needed was another wide receiver. And then on day three of the draft, the Niners compounded that confusion by selecting another wideout in Jacob Cowing.

The front office is clearly on a mission at the current position in question. They might just be looking to keep it competitive on the field, or maybe they are just adding some much-needed speed to a sport that continues to get faster.

But settling for explanations like that just wouldn't be any fun, and besides there are a million different ways that we can spin this.

So, without further ado, let's get spinning.

Here are four bold predictions for San Francisco after drafting Pearsall.

Ricky Pearsall has a 1,000-yard season

If we're going to write an article based on a shakeup, due to the 49ers newest receiver, then let's start with the man who made it all possible.

Pearsall was drafted for his circus catches and his open-field running. On tape, he's lethal, but if you give the pick a second look, there's more to it than just that.

Once Pearsall was officially a 49er, head coach Kyle Shanahan twiddled his hands together like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons and let out a greedy laugh.

Quite simply, and this is purely subjective, Pearsall is (former Niner) Dante Pettis 2.0 but with way less disappointment.

The coaching staff had plans for Pettis that never quite panned out, probably for multiple reasons. Pearsall is not just a game changer, he's redemption for Shanny.

To me, this pick didn't make sense initially. But not because he lacks talent. It was because the offensive tackle position is so thin that it could moonlight as a flat bread pizza.

However, if we dig a little bit deeper into what "could be" at wide receiver, then the same goes for that position.

If you thought the playbook was lethal with Deebo Samuel as a "wide back," just wait until Pearsall figures into the mix.

There was a lot of thought put into this selection. A lot more than usual anyways.

Unfortunately, a big change is coming to this group. The contracts are getting too big on this team to keep the distribution of them going.

Pearsall is going to make defenses look silly, and his reward for doing so is one of the top spots on the depth chart.

But that's a story for another time.