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It isn't a secret that San Francisco is going to be in the market for a complementary No. 2 wide receiver in the offseason. Randy Moss, despite showing leadership on and off the field, really doesn't have what it takes to be a key contributor in the passing game.
Both Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham went out with serious injuries against the New Orleans Saints in Week 12 and will be limited in terms of workouts in the offseason.
Meanwhile, 2012 first-round pick A.J. Jenkins was only active for a handful of games and failed to catch a pass. I will not even get into Ted Ginn Jr, who shouldn't even take up a roster spot for this franchise in 2013.
Outside of Michael Crabtree, the 49ers are in trouble at wide receiver.
They have, and will continue, to be linked to every possible veteran receiver on the market. Mike Wallace was a possibility last season and has been brought up again in the weeks following the Super Bowl. While Percy Harvin will require a draft pick or two, he has also been linked to San Francisco (via Yahoo!).
Short of adding one of these types of vets, San Francisco may have to spend an early-round pick on a wide receiver for the second consecutive season.
Cordarrelle Patterson just overtook Keenan Allen as my No. 1 overall wide receiver in the 2013 draft. Despite being a bit raw in terms of mechanics on the outside, the Tennessee product has the highest upside of any offensive player in the draft.
He can beat defenders deep with a solid double move and has absolutely no issue going up to get the ball.
In addition, Patterson has the size and speed to beat opposing cornerbacks on the outside. He reminds me a great deal of Demaryius Thomas with the Denver Broncos.
Considering where I project Patterson going, San Francisco will most likely have to trade up for him.
Randy Moss (free agent)
Ted Ginn Jr