San Francisco 49ers: Draft Implications If Randy Moss Signs

Dylan DeSimone@@DeSimone80Correspondent IMarch 12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  A general view of the Draft stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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While the signing of Randy Moss by the San Francisco 49ers is by no means definite, the 'Niners are giving him a fair look today, as it's been reported by Matt Maiocco via Twitter. The future Hall of Fame receiver has been rumored to be at the 49ers headquarters for three-plus hours now, that included a 15-minute workout session.

The 49ers would apparently like to get their wide receiver situation handled sooner rather than later, and unlike some of the teams bidding on Peyton Manning, they are not going to put all their eggs in one basket. Weeks ago, the 49ers were rumored to fix that position in free agency and the draft. If Moss signs, he's slated to be the number one and the 49ers undeniable deep threat for the season.

But with the draft approaching next month, many are unsure about how San Francisco will approach it—and bringing in Moss only adds to that uncertainty. But let's say Moss doesn't sign with the 49ers, it's still pretty clear that they will bring in one of the free agent receivers in this years crop.

And with Michael Crabtree still on a contract, and Joshua Morgan in negotiations, and another receiver acquired in free agency, how and when do the 49ers approach the wide receiver position in the NFL Draft?

At that point, trading back from the No. 30 spot might be a viable option. But receiver won't be a glaring need early, especially with the depth of this year's draft class at that particular position. If they have three capable pass catchers, and Kyle Williams looking to rebound, San Francisco could wait till the later rounds and grab a couple guys.

Someone like Arizona's Juron Criner or Iowa's Marvin McNutt or even Cal's Marvin Jones would be intriguing. Though, it would be great if San Francisco could trade back from 30 and still snag Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill, whose stock has been growing quite fast.

There are a lot of options, and it could include the 49ers taking the best player available, adding to the offensive line, drafting a cornerback or taking a luxury player like Coby Fleener. One way or another, the 49ers free agency activity will have some implications on their draft strategy.

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