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In five drafts during which general manager Trent Baalke has called the shots for the 49ers, the team has selected only one wide receiver within the top three rounds.
The 49ers whiffed with the 30th overall pick in 2012 with the selection of A.J. Jenkins. Other than that, the 49ers have taken a pass when it comes to adding wideouts through the draft, giving themselves little chance of adding a young, dynamic player at that position.
The 49ers have some talent at this spot with starters Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith already in place. After that, the players are mostly unproven or have a lot of question marks.
Who’s here: Anquan Boldin Torrey Smith, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Jerome Simpson, Trindon Holliday, Lance Lewis, Chuck Jacobs.
Draft needs: The 49ers might find a competent No. 3 receiver among the group of Ellington, Patton and Simpson. But for now and the future, it would make a lot of sense for the 49ers to give themselves a chance at landing a quality wide receiver from what figures to be another deep and talented draft class. After all, Boldin is 34, and the 49ers have to approach the position with the idea that this is Boldin’s final season. The 49ers should be in the market to add a wideout in the first two rounds.
Good fits: There are a lot of different ways the 49ers can go when addressing this spot. At No. 15, Amari Cooper and Kevin White will almost assuredly be gone. If DeVante Parker is still on the board, he would be a logical choice. Dorial Green-Beckham is an immensely talented player who enters the NFL with a lot of off-the-field baggage and concerns. The 49ers spent a lot of time with him and digging into his past incidents. That can be read one of two ways. The 49ers might be satisfied with their findings or they could be completely scared off. Jaelen Strong, Sammie Coates, Breshad Perriman, Devin Smith and Nelson Agholor are others in which the 49ers could be interested in with some Day 1 maneuvering or in the second round.