Unfortunately, the 49ers' receiving corps failed to claim any of the accolades earned during the 2011 season.
If you watched the games, you know why.
Braylon Edwards was signed to a one-year deal in efforts of providing Alex Smith with the big-bodied receiver he'd lacked his entire career. That experiment was short-lived, as injuries and lack of performance caused management to send him packing before even reaching the playoffs.
Josh Morgan, who began the season as the team's No. 2 option, broke his leg in a Week 5 blowout of the Buccaneers.
Ted Ginn, Jr. has blazing speed and is an asset in the return game, but his suspect hands ease the minds of opposing defenses in the passing game.
Then you have Michael Crabtree. Drafted in 2009 with hopes of becoming an elite NFL receiver, Crab is yet to experience a single NFL training camp. Just as he and Smith seemed to finally grow comfortable with one another during the 2011 season, Crabtree completely vanished in both playoff games.
With that said, he has improved greatly as a blocker and can clearly pluck the ball out of the sky when he's on his game. Perhaps a healthy and productive offseason will provide more consistency as a receiver, but until then, he can't be counted on as a No. 1 option moving forward.
There are multiple options at wide out in free agency, as well as a plethora of prospects in the NFL draft.
He may be hard to get, but I think the best-possible scenario would be to sign Marques Colston via free agency. His big body (6'4", 225 lbs.) and well-rounded skills are assets the Saints would hate to lose, but with other stars from the 2011 roster waiting for paychecks as well, he just might slip from their grip.
There are other options like Dwayne Bowe and Vincent Jackson that would certainly bring talent to the No.1 slot, but would come with character issues as well. With five 1,000-yard performances in six years with the Saints, Colston undeniably has my vote for top free-agency priority this spring.