49ers can’t catch a break when it comes to drafting wide receivers

This is my Saturday column on the 49ers’ recent history drafting wide receivers. By now, you’ve seen what I’ve seen from A.J. Jenkins the past two training camps: A wide receiver utterly overmatched by starting NFL cornerbacks. Friday night against the Chiefs, he faced their starting right cornerback Sean Smith and could not shake him. When Smith decided to press Jenkins, Smith swallowed him up. Jenkins couldn’t get past the…

August 17, 2013

Cosell breaks down Boldin, Reed and the 49ers’ secondary

Greg Cosell spoke on KNBR Tuesday morning. Here’s what he said about the 49ers. Q: What are the 49ers getting in Anquan Boldin? COSELL: Boldin doesn’t win against man coverage very well. He’s a contested-catch receiver. He’s got really good hands, vice grip hands. He’s better in the slot than he is on the outside. You can throw the ball to him when he’s covered and he’ll make catches. He’s…

March 12, 2013

Seahawks trade for Harvin, NFC West gets way tougher

The value of a cover corner just went up in the NFC west. The Seahawks have traded their first round pick and other picks to the Vikings for WR Percy Harvin, one of the most explosive players in the NFL. If the 49ers were blind to the fact that they needed a corner prior to this Harvin trade, hopefully this event will make them aware of the need to address…

March 11, 2013

Dolphins-49ers matchups: Part II – Smith, Carroll and Wilson vs. Crabtree

The 49ers play the Dolphins Sunday at Candlestick.  In the meantime, I’ll break down five key matchups. Left Cornerback Sean Smith, RCB Nolan Carroll and NCB Jimmy Wilson vs. WR Michael Crabtree None of the Dolphins top-three cornerbacks can cover Crabtree. Miami has the 26th ranked pass defense because those three cornerbacks are no good. The Dolphins are probably going to play a soft two-deep zone like the Rams did….

December 8, 2012