The 49ers and Raiders are both in need of a big wide receiver who is a reliable target in the open field, and especially the red zone. 

And they can look no further than their own backyard. 

When Stanford squares up with Pittsburgh on the morning of New Year's Eve in the Sun Bowl, both Bay Area teams should be watching Cardinal wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside. 

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR (Stanford)

Stanford (8-4) didn't live up to expectations this season by any means. The Cardinal came into the year ranked as the No. 13 team in the country in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Perhaps the biggest bright spot was Arcega-Whiteside. 

Standing at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, the senior is a touchdown waiting to happen. Throw it up and he'll go get it. 

Going into the Sun Bowl, Arcega-Whiteside is third in the FBS with 14 touchdown receptions in 11 games played. He's done so in one or two games less than the two players ahead of him. 

 

Arcega-Whiteside was also Pro Football Focus' fourth-ranked wide receiver in college this year. 

On Day 2 of the draft, Jimmy Garoppolo or Derek Carr could get the touchdown target they desperately need.

Here’s how 49ers and Raiders fans can watch Stanford play Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl:

When: Monday, Dec. 31, at 11:00 a.m. PT
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: CBS Sports App