San Francisco 49ers: Early 3-round 2019 NFL mock draft upgrades defense

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With just 16 games played, 64 catches for 786 yards, and one measly touchdown over his two seasons with the 49ers, it’s more than clear the team has not gotten their money’s worth out of Pierre Garcon and the five-year, $47.5 million deal they lavished on him. Not even close.

Though it carries a $7 million dollar dead cap hit, don’t be surprised to see San Francisco part ways with the perpetually injured Garcon.

Given his unreliability, the 49ers need to think about the future and upgrading their receiving corps. Marquise Goodwin (19 catches, 359 yards, four touchdowns) and Dante Pettis (19 catches, 363 yards, five touchdowns) have been decent, but beyond those two (and tight end George Kittle – can’t forget about Kittle), Garoppolo isn’t going to have very many weapons to work with when he gets back.

The other receivers on the roster, guys like Richie James and Trent Taylor, have combined for 26 receptions, 261 yards, and one touchdown. Which means, San Francisco is going to need some more weapons in their offensive arsenal – in a big way.

That is why, with their third-round pick, they should snatch up NC State’s Kelvin Harmon. At 6-3 214 pounds, Harmon has terrific size and he’s got great hands. He runs very clean routes, has great instincts, and can win in jump-ball situations.

Over his past two seasons at NC State, Harmon has been the team’s clear-cut top receiver, posting 150 receptions for 2,203 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s got good speed for a guy his size and is effective in open space.

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Harmon could be a very solid weapon for Garoppolo to work with and really help elevate San Francisco’s receiving group as a whole.