San Francisco 49ers
Now that the Niners house the NFL’s highest paid player in Jimmy Garoppolo, GM John Lynch must give him the weapons he needs. San Francisco’s leading receiver by far last season was Marquise Goodwin, who had 13 plays of 20 yards or more. Pettis could be an immediate plug into the starting lineup and a fantastic option for short and intermediate routes should they pick him in the middle rounds. He also excels near the end zone because he can run the fade route and make the double move.
When the Patriots drafted Garoppolo in 2014, scouts praised the pick, as he is a quick-rhythm passer and his game is tailor-made for a West Coast type of system. Pettis averaged 12.1 yards per catch last season, a sign that he and Garoppolo may fit together perfectly as long as head coach Kyle Shanahan designs an offense that plays to Jimmy G’s strengths.
Pettis has also proven that he is an option for a gadget play. He threw five passes during his career, including a touchdown. This facet of his game could prove valuable should the Niners wish to throw teams off-balance from time to time.