Again, speed is a theme for Kyle Shanahan’s offense. And again, there are plenty of day-three NFL Draft targets the 49ers can covet to address their pending needs.
One of those needs is at wide receiver, where the Niners could potentially lose veteran Emmanuel Sanders to free agency. Outside of fellow wideouts Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne, the team doesn’t have a lot of proven depth.
It’s possible San Francisco takes early advantage of one of the deepest wide receiver draft classes in recent memory. Even if Shanahan goes this route, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see the 49ers target yet another player later in the draft.
Someone like Memphis wide receiver Antonio Gibson could be more than just enticing.
Gibson was productive enough his senior season, putting up 735 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns for the Tigers, adding another four on the ground. But where he wins is with speed. All Gibson had to do was run an excellent 4.39 40-yard time at the NFL Combine to prove that.
But what makes Gibson more intriguing is the way he could be used. Not just a 6-foot-0, 228-pound receiver, Gibson was competent as a big-bodied running back, too.
Considering how versatile Shanahan has been making his offense the past few seasons, finding a gadget player like Gibson on day three sounds enticing.