There’s a reason why the NFL Draft is considered one of the best weekend’s of the year–you never know what to expect to happen. From Johnny Manziel being drafted by the Cleveland Browns to the Minnesota Vikings trading up to acquire Teddy Bridgewater with the final pick in the first round, round one of the 2014 NFL Draft was filled with plenty of excitement.
As for day two–let’s just say the San Francisco 49ers are making things interesting before the second round even gets under way after on Friday by acquiring wide receiver Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills.
Filed to ESPN: 49ers trading a conditional 2015 4th-round pick to Buffalo for WR Stevie Johnson, per sources. Pick can become a 3rd.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 9, 2014
That’s right, Colin Kaepernick will now have the pleasure of throwing to Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and now Johnson for at least the 2014 season as the 49ers gave up a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015 to acquire the start wideout from Buffalo. While the move may come as a bit of a surprise from Buffalo’s end, this does open up the door for Sammy Watkins–who the Bills traded up for to draft at No. 4 on Thursday–to immediately become the team’s No. 1 option at wide receiver.
Johnson may be coming off a disappointing 2013 season in which he only caught 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games, but he has proven to be an effective wide receiver before. Just look at the three previous seasons with Johnson in Buffalo as he broke the 1,000-yard receiving mark each time and caught 23 touchdowns.
With the addition of Johnson, Kaepernick and San Francisco just became even more dangerous on offense. For a team looking to reach the NFC Championship game for the fourth-straight year, the addition of Johnson is just what this 49ers team needed to fill their need at wide receiver heading into round two of the draft.