San Francisco 49ers

2011 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Could Look at AJ Green or Julio Jones

Casey CrailCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2016

It seems just about all of the 49ers Faithful are set on Patrick Peterson being their man if available at seven. For more insight on Peterson to the Niners, click here.

However, many still argue that either Denver, Arizona, or Cleveland will take Peterson if he is still on the board, and that is extremely possible.

If this were to happen, and the draft were to turn out some thing like...

1. Carolina Panthers - QB Cam Newton
2. Denver Broncos - DT Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills - OLB Von Miller
4. Cincinnati Bengals - QB Blaine Gabbert
5. Arizona Cardinals - CB Patrick Peterson
6. Cleveland Browns - DE Robert Quinn

...then San Francisco could be in a tough situation.

Of course, trading back is always an option, but if Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke wanted to take their guy at No. 7, this pick could be very difficult.

Prince Amukamara is usually the alternate when Peterson is off the board, but if the Niners didn't like Prince this early they would have to look a number of different directions.

Jake Locker or any other quarterback would be a great reach at this point.

Da'Quan Bowers is versatile enough to play 3-4 end, but injury concerns may doom him to the mid-first round.

Any other defensive end would get a look here, but unless Vic Fangio thinks Cam Jordan, JJ Watt or Muhammad Wilkerson could dominate in his scheme, it seems like a reach.

Which leaves to one more option: Best player available.

AJ Green could be a colossal steal here.

His athleticism paired with his length and hands are drawing comparisons to Calvin Johnson.

Green's rival in the class is Julio Jones.

Jones is more of the all-around receiver, similar to Reggie Wayne.

Some think of Jones to be superior to Green, and it would come down to the preference of the selecting team.

Wide Receiver is a need, however not nearly as large as cornerback, quarterback or pass-rusher.

However, in this scenario, unless Baalke loves an available lineman, it would come down to Prince, Green/Jones or a trade down.

Any of the three options is logical, and there is value at corner and receiver in the second round.

Pairing Green or Jones with Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis could be dynamic with improved quarterback play.

My preference in this scenario would be draft Green and look at Ras-I Dowling or Brandon Burton in the second round.

Any input, criticism or questions about San Francisco looking receiver at No. 7, please leave a comment!

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