San Francisco 49ers Foolishly Trade Draft Pick For WR Stevie Johnson
From trying to obtain DeSean Jackson to signing Brandon Lloyd, the 49ers appear to have a wide receiver fetish. With Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree already on the team, one has to question why the 49ers are so desperately trying to put more receivers on the field. The offense did rank 30th in passing yards in 2013, but coach Jim Harbaugh seemed to put the game manager role on Colin Kaepernick this past season.
San Francisco is a smash-mouth running team that earns yardage through the rushing attack; the quarterback simply needs to make short and accurate passes when called upon. The rushing attack for the 49ers ranked third in 2013 averaging 137.6 rushing yards a game, so one would think that finding more talent to back up Frank Gore would be a priority.
Granted, with the up-and-coming Arizona Cardinals and the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks scheduled to each face the 49ers twice a year, San Francisco needs to find any advantage possible to defeat NFC West opponents. Johnson is a talented player, but you can only throw the ball to one person at a time.
The real issue to address is how the 49ers can fit the natural playmaking ability of Kaepernick into the game plan. With 29 more rushing attempts in 2013 than 2012, Kaepernick was only able to score one more rushing touchdown and only went from averaging 6.6 yards a carry to 5.7. The 26-year-old quarterback had more passing attempts in 2013 than the previous year, but he finished this past season with a 58.4 pass completion percentage.
It may not seem like a huge deal to give up a fourth-round pick in the future, but just remember that Richard Sherman was drafted in the fifth round of his draft. Adding another wide receiver will not help the 49ers reach a Super Bowl, and this deal could prove to be costly in the future.
Adding a talented wide receiver may make the depth chart look more impressive, but it won’t help the team get a ring.