By: Zach Hernandez (@Zachhernan)
Not too long ago, we chose some defensive stars from the NFC West to come and help the San Francisco 49ers. Now, 49ersHive is still dreaming but this time we are going to observe some offensive players from the division and see how they’d fit in the Bay. Let’s check out the dream additions!
In only two years with the Rams, Gurley has put up 1,991 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns, and averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season. With Carlos Hyde entering the season with only one year left on his deal, Gurley would be the perfect replacement for El Guapo. Todd won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2015, and it was extremely apparent why. The former Georgia star had a whopping 45.9% of his 2015 yardage came on runs longer than 15 yards. Some might say Gurley had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, but he still totaled 885 yards – plus Jared Goff wasn’t doing too much to prevent defenses from loading the box. The 49ers are likely to add a developmental quarterback either this year or next year and Gurley would be the best security blanket for a young quarterback trying to develop his game.
While Fitz is a little bit on the older side, the guy can straight up ball still! Not to mention, Larry is one of the most respected players in the entire league. Fitz would bring leadership to the wide receiver position that hasn’t been there since Anquan Boldin was in red and gold. Fitzgerald was drafted third overall in the 2004 draft by the Arizona Cardinals, and since then Larry has only missed the 1,000 yard mark five times in his career. Even last year, at 33 years old, Fitz put up 107 receptions for 1,023 yards (with an average of 9.6 yards per catch), and 6 touchdowns. Fitzgerald would step into the Bay and immediately be their best wide out. Ever since the 49ers let Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin walk, they have been constantly plagued at production at the position.
Depending on who you ask David Johnson is either the best, or second best running back in the entire league. He was a complete steal for the Cardinals in the third round of the 2015 draft, and already has more than a fair share of highlight-reel material. Johnson has developed into an amazingly versatile back, as he excels at catching passes out of the backfield or even split out wide. Last season, DJ totaled 1,239 rushing yards on 293 carries, and 16 touchdowns. Johnson came extremely close to the 1,000 yard receiving mark as well, falling only 121 yards short. The 49ers desperately need a weapon like David Johnson, especially with Carlos Hyde presumed to be on his way out of the Bay.
We’ve all heard it – football is a team sport. However, with that being said, the quarterback still has a stronghold on the most important position. Seattle struck a goldmine in Wilson – finding him in the third round, 75th overall. Prior to the draft, the Seahawks had gone out and signed Aaron Rodger’s back-up Matt Flynn to be the presumed starter, but after the draft came Wilson had different plans. Russell has started all 16 games every season since he’s entered the NFL. After Marshawn Lynch retired, the Seahawks planned on leaning on Wilson heavily in 2016. Well that seemed to pay off, as Russell tallied up a career year – 353/546 (64.7% completion), 4.219 yards, and 21 touchdowns. The 49ers would instantly be turned around with a quarterback like Wilson under center.
Although Graham had a relatively quiet first year in Seattle (605 yards and 2 touchdowns), he absolutely came alive last season. Jimmy exploded onto the scene, totaling 923 yards, with an average of 14.2, and 6 touchdowns, The 49ers have not had that type of constant production from the tight end position since Vernon Davis was in his prime. Graham would provide a huge security blanket for Hoyer, or whichever young quarterback who would be throwing his way. At 6’7″, 265 lbs, Jimmy is a huge target, and would almost be hard to miss. With Graham on the roster, the 49ers would be able to be more flexible with their formations, and have two capable tight ends for the first time since Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker’s time together in San Francisco.
Stay tuned for our next piece, where 49ersHive chooses players from a new division!