NFL Offseason: Why the 49ers Offense Will Be Explosive in 2012
The 49ers have taken their expected modest but methodical approach to free agency. Even though San Francisco is looking to seriously upgrade their offensive attack, particularly through the air, they haven't made a real splash.
But the offseason is not near finished, and Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke proved to have quite the collective expertise when it comes to building in the offseason. So far, they've acquired a low risk, high reward playmaker in future Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss.
Moss was obviously the biggest name the 49ers brought in. And what Moss brings to the table is one of a kind; the guy is unstoppable—when he wants to be. Harbaugh knows what buttons to push and he's a players coach, so being able to get Moss fired up will be game-changing in itself.
Joshua Morgan's price was too high for the 49ers, so he moved on to Washington, leaving only Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams and Moss as viable starters in 2012. Even though free agency is pretty depleted at the wide receiver position at this point, there are still some value guys available.
Legadu Nanee, Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez and Early Doucet are some of the guys that are available, some of which haven't really been discussed yet. Not guys that blow your mind, but could be solid role players in the right system. These are moves that could still be made.
Even though the 49ers are picking at the end of first round, this is the deepest class of wide receivers I've seen in some time. Not only will some guys fall to No. 30, but there will be some dynamite talent available in the later rounds.
The 49ers could fully expect one, or a few of these guys to fall possibly in the first round: Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), Rueben Randle (LSU), Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers), Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) or Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina). I expect any one of these guys to be productive at the next level, and I expect San Francisco to know which one.
Putting the Pieces Together
So, after taking a step back and predicting the training camp roster, where the offensive pass catchers would feature the likes of Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams, Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker and possibly Floyd, Randall, Sanu, Hill or Jeffery—I think the offense is looking pretty sharp.
First, there's the issue presented to safeties by having Moss and Davis in the same offensive lineup. These two could really open things up underneath for Crabtree and Williams to run around. And the great thing about drafting a receiver in the late first with these guys already on board, is the receiver wouldn't be under immense pressure to perform.
All this, and we haven't even mentioned the presence of the ground attack. San Francisco's agenda will once again prove that slow and steady wins the race.
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