The 49ers met with a flurry of wide receivers at the NFL Scouting Combine. And as Niner Noise’s Jeremy Wohlfart pointed out, doing so might have tipped the Niners’ second pick during the draft.
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Head coach Kyle Shanahan has made it clear he wants an upgrade at wide receiver this offseason, especially after no San Francisco wideout crested 500 receiving yards in 2018. Ideally, that player would be someone with the right combination of size, speed and route-running abilities.
Enter South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel.
One should note Samuel worked under Shanahan’s South squad during the 2019 Senior Bowl and had an impressive week of practices, showcasing that separation and route running ideal to Shanahan’s offense.
Samuel ran an impressive 4.49 40-yard time during his combine workouts, which is excellent considering his 214-pound frame. Plus, the already-demonstrated separation skills help put together a great package for a player whose stock has risen since the conclusion of the 2018 collegiate season.
Sure, Ole Miss wideout D.K. Metcalf impressed a lot, too. But even if his choppiness during shuttle and cone drills isn’t a concern, he certainly won’t slip into Round 2 any longer.
Samuel has to be the choice.