2020 NFL Draft: 3 late-round wide receivers 49ers should target

Jauan Jennings #15 of the Tennessee Volunteers (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)
Jauan Jennings #15 of the Tennessee Volunteers (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images) /
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Jeff Thomas, Miami Hurricanes
Jeff Thomas #4 of the Miami Hurricanes (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

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Another short-statured wide receiver who could catch the 49ers’ attention late in the NFL Draft is Miami’s Jeff Thomas.

Thomas is a lot like Darnell Mooney, overcoming his lack of size — Thomas stands at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds — with excellent route-running skills and top-notch speed.

All one needs to do is read his draft profile from The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs to see the fit with San Francisco and Kyle Shanahan:

"Has made a handful of spectacular catches in high point situations and in traffic alike, no need to look any further than a big performance against LSU (2018) to see the full spectrum of his skills. His zero to sixty acceleration is phenomenal and he’s gassed man coverage on vertical concepts if granted a free release. Super crafty at the top of his routes, effective feet and angular releases to manipulate and force defenders into a bind where they have to guess his preferred route."

If route running is a key attribute for Shanahan, so is speed. Thomas should garner a lot of attention in this area at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, and his 40-yard time should be something to watch.

While a strong showing could improve his draft stock, a relative lack of production on a bad Miami offense could keep it fairly low, too.

So could the size factor, which likely limits Thomas to no better than a Round 4 pickup, at best.