San Francisco 49ers: Projecting Each Rookie’s Role in 2016
By Peter Panacy
Wide Receiver Aaron Burbridge
The 49ers may have found the heir apparent to veteran wide receiver, and free agent, Anquan Boldin in former Michigan State wideout Aaron Burbridge.
San Francisco’s sixth-round pick may not have blazing speed, but he does boast a wide catch radius and solid hands — reasons why former Michigan State teammate, quarterback Connor Cook, ended up posting impressive stats over the course of his collegiate career.
As noted earlier, the 49ers wide receiver corps is pretty young. Behind probable No. 1 receiver Torrey Smith, the Niners don’t exactly have a lot of proven options.
This is where Burbridge comes in. And, according to the video below, San Francisco’s coaching staff is envisioning him being a slot receiver at some point in his career:
Perhaps this happens his rookie year, although it’s more likely fellow wideout Bruce Ellington assumes that role.
Burbridge may be buried on the depth chart to start his pro career. It’s doubtful San Francisco will risk releasing him with the hopes of sneaking him onto the practice squad, but we’ll have to wait and see how he does in training camp first.
At best, he might end up being a No. 4 receiver to start his tenure with the 49ers.
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