No. 5: Wide Receiver Richie James
It’s rare to see seventh-round NFL Draft picks make a huge splash in their first training camp, but that’s been the case for former Middle Tennessee State wide receiver Richie James.
The Niners’ final pick from this year’s draft, James has emerged as a standout and has taken advantage of some early reps with fellow slot receiver, Trent Taylor, nursing a back injury over the first week of camp.
Here’s what Niner Noise’s Aaron Tan had to say about James’ efforts from July 27:
"This practice told me that James would not only have a 100 percent chance of making the roster, but should also have a big role on the offense in the 2018 season. James caught everything headed his way, even when coverage was very tight. He was getting a lot of reps and it is very clear that the coaching staff loves him."
By checking out some of these one-on-one drills (h/t Brad Almquist of KNBR 680), you can get the idea why:
The 5-foot-9 receiver carried that over into Week 2 of camp. And while he is by no means assured a roster spot, there’s little more he could do to increase his stock value for the 53-man group.