A few thoughts on the San Francisco using the third of three six-round picks on Michigan State's Aaron Burbridge with the 38nd pick of the sixth round, No. 231 overall.
My take: The 49ers are likely not going to re-sign their top pass-catcher of the past three seasons in Anquan Boldin, and they don’t really have another possession-type receiver on the roster with NFL experience. Enter Burbridge, who, at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, is a near physical clone of Boldin and whose game is similar as an across-the-middle threat. Burbridge was seen as a security blanket of sorts for quarterback Connor Cook, catching 85 passes for 1,258 yards and seven TDs. He is far from a burner, though, and that’s OK, given the Niners already having Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington to fill those roles. Of course, last year’s Team ACL member, draft pick DeAndre Smelter, is also hopeful to fill the role of complementary possession receiver for the Niners.