Mailbag: Is getting Sammy Watkins realistic?

February, 22, 2014
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Weekend mail call:

Mark from Fruita, Colo., wants to know if I think the San Francisco 49ers could move up in the first round of the draft to take Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins.

Bill Williamson: It would take a lot to get up to Watkins, the best receiver on the board. He could go as high as No. 5 and he will certainly go in the top 10. I’m not sure if the 49ers will be able to get all the way up from No. 30 to get a chance to take Watkins. However, if he falls to the No. 10 range, the 49ers may be tempted to put a big package together. He’d be a perfect fit.

Gary Flint from Los Gatos, Calif., wants to know what I expect from running back Marcus Lattimore in 2014.

BW: I expect him to be a contributor and to finish second in carries next to Frank Gore. The 49ers feel like Lattimore is healthy after a major 2012 knee injury.

Jazzy from Parsippany, N.J., wants to know what I think the odds are of the 49ers signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a long-term deal.

BW: There’s no doubt the 49ers will sign Kaepernick to a long-term contract. He is the long-term answer at the most important position on the field. The only question is when it will happen. He is an unrestricted free agent next year, but he can always be franchised if an agreement isn’t made this offseason.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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