DeAndre Smelter: 49ers Wide Receiver Has a Huge Upside with Untapped Potential
By Sequoia Sims
DeAndre Smelter had the largest hands of any other wide receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft at 11 inches.
General manager Trent Baalke said, “he’s got huge hands” when asked about Smelter, per the San Francisco Chronicle, when selecting him late in the fourth round (132nd overall).
Take a look below at Smelter’s hand capabilities:
And it doesn’t hurt to have a wide receiver capable of making plays in tight spaces.
Smelter can pluck the ball right out of the sky while fighting for jump-contested balls as defenders drape all over him. Also, on occasions, Smelter is capable of making the one-handed acrobatic catches, which will excite the 49ers fan base.
Smelter gives a fresh breath throughout the team and, in particular, for San Francisco’s quarterback –whoever it will be — who will be less reluctant to throw into contested coverage.
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