The 49ers added to their receiver group this offseason with Randy Moss but they need a longterm answer, which is now Stephen Hill, who tore it up at the NFL Combine with a fast 40-yard dash time. Hill is now the deep threat the 49ers have been seeking.
SB Nation's 49ers blog, Niners Nation, explains the pick:
The San Francisco 49ers have put themselves in a position where they can draft with the long-term future in mind, as opposed to getting immediate big production. The 49ers added Mario Manningham and Randy Moss this offseason, but even if they both play well this year, the only receiver signed beyond 2013 is Michael Crabtree. Stephen Hill is a very raw prospect, but the 49ers are in a position where they can develop him without rushing him. At the same time, his performance at the Combine and his YAC this past season show a guy who can make significant contributions at the next level. The 49ers are looking for Moss to stretch the field, but if the veteran receiver shows his age, Hill could be the guy who can stretch things out. Other possibilities at this spot include Coby Fleener, offensive line help, or trading down.