2014 NFL Draft: 5 WRs San Francisco 49ers Should Target In 1st Round

2014 NFL Draft: 5 WRs San Francisco 49ers Should Target In 1st Round

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The San Francisco 49ers are in need of another weapon in the passing game and will look to the draft to add firepower. In addition to a speedy receiver to play in the slot, the team should also start planning for the future in the event that Michael Crabtree leaves via free agency after the 2014 season. Here is a look at five wide receivers the 49ers may target in round one of the NFL draft.

5. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
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5. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
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What Benjamin lacks in speed (4.61 40) he makes up for in size with his 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame. He is a physical receiver who can push and shove with some of best cornerbacks in the league like Richard Sherman. The issue for the 49ers is that he might be too similar to Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, but if they are thinking past 2014, that might not matter.

4. Odell Beckham, LSU

Odell Beckham, LSU
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4. Odell Beckham, LSU

Odell Beckham, LSU
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Beckham racked up 2,222 all-purpose yards in 2013, breaking LSU's all-time record. Beckham can serve as a dual threat for the 49ers and possibly give them their own version of Percy Harvin. He's a player who can make an impact in the passing, rushing and return game.

3. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
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3. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
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Cooks ran a blazing 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.33. His speed and size (5-foot-11) makes him an ideal slot receiver and could give the 49ers a new dimension in their offense. Cooks, who caught 128 passes for 1730 yards in 2013, is explosive before and after the catch, which could open up different options in the passing game for San Francisco.

2. Marqise Lee, USC

Marqise Lee, USC
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2. Marqise Lee, USC

Marqise Lee, USC
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Lee was dominant during his freshman and sophomore seasons, catching 191 passes and scoring 25 touchdowns. His play trailed off during his junior year campaign, which could allow him to slip in the draft. He would provide the 49ers with a big-play threat that they lack on the outside, as Lee is still an explosive player who can hit a home run at any time.

1. Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Mike Evans, Texas A & M
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1. Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Mike Evans, Texas A & M
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With top-rated receiver Sammy Watkins being out of reach, Evans is the next best wideout in the draft. At 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds, he has the frame to be a nightmare in the redzone. He would play on the outside for the 49ers in three-receivers sets, moving Boldin to the slot where he thrives. Evans would also be the ideal replacement to start in 2015 if the team is without Crabtree.