Another theme about late-round picks is targeting players who have a lot of potential upside but haven’t necessarily reached the complete sum of their parts.
Such could describe Auburn EDGE Nick Coe, who played a number of positions for the Tigers for the past three seasons, including an impressive seven-sack campaign in 2018. That year produced Coe’s best collegiate year, and his stats fell off a lot last season.
One of the reasons is possibly Coe bouncing around, which is great for flexibility and versatility, but it’s not always the best for development.
Coe relied heavily on a bull-rush move in college, and he’ll need to develop his pass-rushing arsenal to secure a role as even a situational pass-rusher at the pro level. As 2018 showed, however, Coe can win when his bull rush is working well and he’s going up against less-quality linemen.
Coe would be competing and reinforcing some of the situational depth the Niners now find themselves having entering 2020.