Fact No.1: The 49ers were linked publicly to five big-name wide receivers during free agency — DeSean Jackson, Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, Hakeem Nicks and Julian Edelman. The Niners signed none of them.
Fact No.2: The 49ers have been linked publicly to three cornerbacks who are projected to get drafted in the second or third round of the upcoming draft — Bashaud Breeland, Jaylen Watkins and Stanley Jean-Baptiste.
Fact No.3: At the owners meetings in Orlando on March 26, Jim Harbaugh said the 49ers want to add “a third receiver who can get open and make plays, another option for the quarterback to go to, a chance to attack all areas of the field. A play maker. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Those three facts have helped create the perception that Trent Baalke aims to draft a wide receiver with the 49ers’ first pick, and a cornerback with the Niners’ second or third pick.
Do you think Baalke, Harbaugh and the 49ers intentionally created that perception to throw everyone off, and their plan is to draft a cornerback first, not a wide receiver?