No. 2: Wide Receiver Jalen Hurd
The No. 2 player on this list, wide receiver Jalen Hurd, is a player worth watching for some conflicting reasons, hopefully more good ones than bad.
San Francisco’s third-round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft suffered a serious back injury during the preseason, forcing him onto injured reserve, essentially redshirting his rookie campaign. Apparently, the Niners’ medical experts didn’t want Hurd traveling with the team to Miami for Super Bowl LIV, perhaps indicating the recovery process was taking much longer than initially anticipated.
That’s not good news, especially paired with the fact Hurd is relatively new to the position after spending the majority of his collegiate career as a running back.
Assuming he’s healthy enough for training camp in 2020, Hurd will still require a lot of fine-tuning and refinement. While there’s little doubting the 6-foot-4, 227-pound target offers plenty of mismatches based off his size and physique alone, one also has to acknowledge he has yet to take a regular-season snap.
At this point, the 49ers have to hope they get at least something productive out of their former third-round investment from a year ago.
Anything in addition will merely be a bonus.