Based upon the kind of WR that I think we could use, Wheaton is my 4th WR behind Patton, Bailey and Austin. He's ahead of Bumphis.
Anyone thought of the possibility of signing Rolando McClain? He is likely to be cut before FA, and Ozzie may take a look see because of the Bama connection. He hasn't really lived up to his pre draft hype, but he's still a solid player, especially in run defense. He make up for a decent tandem next to Ellerbe (assuming Ellerbe is re-signed), or if we move to a 4-3, he can play MLB there too.
If he gets cut, great, but I think they'll bend over backwards not to let that pick go to waste.
He destroyed Xavier Rhodes (a potential 1st round CB) on a double move in one of the videos I linked above. 2 deep, man under, I believe it was an "out and up," and Hopkins beat the double coverage to make a beautiful over the shoulder grab. You RARELY see spread offenses run the kind of complex routes like Hopkins ran in Clemson's system. I also think his body control and hands are among the top in the class.
I really don't think he'll test all that well in the Combine. The playing speed is definitely in the 4.4 range and his quickness is phenomenal, but he just doesn't seem like a workout warrior kind of guy. In terms of a recent prospect I'd compare him to Kendall Wright in that respect, although Wright still went 22nd overall despite a bad Combine. I don't see Hopkins going that high.
Hopkins and Torrey out wide with Boldin (and/or Doss) in the slot is a phenomenal 3 wide package. Hopkins also has some experience as a returner IIRC to be a good long-term replacement and upgrade over Jacoby for a lot cheaper.
Wheaton will rise a bit if he goes sub 4.4 (very possible) next month but I still see him in the 3rd.
I wouldnt mind McClain or Aaron Curry getting a shot here. Two former players that just havent seemed to live up to their hype but very well could be put in positions to see that again. Probably sooner see Curry even though hes not proven as much simply because of McClains character issues. When losing a big vocal leader such as Ray im not sure adding players like that will be a good thing to fill that void with right away.
I'm a lot less enthusiastic about signing potential headcases if both Ed and Ray aren't here next year. I trust Suggs and Ngata to be good leaders on defense, but I don't know if they'll have the raw force and influence to get a guy like Rolando McClain in line.