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Entering the offseason, this was perhaps the No. 1 position the 49ers would be targeting in the 2014 draft. It was going to be a luxury more than anything. They had the flexibility to go after a blue-chip receiver in an attempt to become a more dynamic scoring unit, which would complete a heady defense.
Unfortunately, this position has taken a back seat with all the offseason activities.
But even still, they have Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin who, barring unforeseen circumstances, will play a full season together as the No. 1 and No. 2 WRs. Behind them is the tantalizing Quinton Patton, who many draft experts believed had starting ability once he arrived on the NFL scene.
If they can all stay healthy, this is a strong top three. Not to mention, the 49ers just added veteran wideout Brandon Lloyd to compete.
In all likelihood, San Francisco will still target a receiver in the early rounds of the draft. Round 1 is still a possibility too, but it seems like less of a sure thing. In a deep class, the organization may just decide to stock up on a couple low- to mid-round prospects with complementary skill sets and big upside.
After all, they’ve got time to develop players with a corps of wideouts in place, at least for 2014.