49ers 2020 NFL Draft undrafted free-agent tracker: Latest news and reports

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After bringing aboard their 2020 NFL Draft class, the San Francisco 49ers will look to round out the 90-man offseason roster by inking these undrafted free agents.

Day three of the 2020 NFL Draft was a busy one for the San Francisco 49ers, who accomplished a number of key moves in an attempt to reconstruct a Super Bowl-caliber roster amid some serious shakeups.

In Round 1, the Niners selected South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw at No. 14 overall, then moved up to No. 25 overall to grab Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.

San Francisco was quiet in Rounds 2 and 3, yet the news poured in on Saturday. The biggest, of course, was the 49ers’ trade with the Washington Redskins for perennial Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams, which coincided with the announcement veteran tackle Joe Staley was going to retire.

Replacing one Pro Bowler with another was quite the win.

Yet the Niners weren’t done, trading away running back Matt Breida and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively, thereby engineering some pick maneuvers to help round out the Niners’ 2020 NFL Draft class:

  • Round 1: DT Javon Kinlaw
  • Round 1: WR Brandon Aiyuk
  • Round 5: OL Colton McKivitz
  • Round 6: TE Charlie Woerner
  • Round 7: WR Jauan Jennings

Assuming the 49ers don’t make any other trades or cuts, they’ll have nine roster spots remaining in order to fill out the 90-man offseason roster.

Now, the focus shifts to the undrafted free agents, which is an area San Francisco has had some success in recent years. Breida was a 2017 undrafted free agent. So was wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, while cornerback Emmanuel Moseley was picked up the same way in 2018.

Who will be the Niners’ latest additions via this route in 2020?

Niner Noise tracks all the latest reports and rumors from the team’s efforts to round out the back end of the roster.

49ers 2020 Undrafted Free-Agent Moves and News

RB Salvon Ahmed, Washington

According to The Athletic’s Matt Barrows, the Niners are bringing aboard Washington Running Back Salvon Ahmed.

The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Ahmed was a workhorse for the Huskies last season, racking up 1,020 yards on 188 carries with 11 rushing touchdowns, while adding 16 catches for 84 yards in the receiving game.

Ahmed might have some question marks about his vision, but there’s some lateral agility to like here to support a still-crowded tailback room.

RB JaMycal Hasty, Baylor

That crowded room also saw the addition of Baylor running back JaMycal Hasty, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Hasty is quite the steal as an UDFA and was even tabbed as a late-round draft find if the Niners brought him aboard then.

LB Jonas Griffith, Indiana State

San Francisco has a stacked linebacker corps, yet bringing aboard a small-school prospect like Indiana State’s Jonas Griffith should help with depth competition and the chance to compete on special teams.

WR Chris Finke, Notre Dame

Aiyuk and Jennings help alleviate some of the Niners’ needs at wide receiver, but there are still some depth questions to wonder about, which explains why the 49ers quickly inked Notre Dame wideout Chris Finke, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:

Finke, 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds, had 41 catches for 456 yards and four touchdowns for the Fighting Irish in 2019.

CB DeMarkus Acy, Missouri

The Niners didn’t bring aboard any defensive backs in the NFL Draft, which was something of a surprise with Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jaquiski Tartt and K’Waun Williams entering contract years.

But the team developed Moseley nicely enough, and perhaps that’s the hope with Missouri cornerback DeMarkus Acy, who’s joining the Niners, per The Athletic’s Peter Baugh.

Acy probably could have been drafted after his three-interception 2018 campaign, and it’s not hard to see why the 49ers like the 6-foot-2, 195-pound corner from a physique standpoint.

QB Broc Rutter, North Central College

Teams bring in competition quarterbacks every year, and the 49ers will welcome another small-school prospect, Broc Rutter from North Central, to potentially compete with fellow backups, C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens, per NBC Sports Chicago’s J.J. Stankevitz.

TE Chase Harrell, Arkansas

Woerner figures to alleviate the loss of veteran tight end Levine Toilolo to free agency, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see Arkansas’ Chase Harrell serve as primary competition for the drafted rookie, as well as injured wide receiver Jalen Hurd.

Harrell, a 6-foot-4 and 249-pound tight end/receiver hybrid, doesn’t have the stats you’d look at from his college days, accumulating a mere seven receptions his last two years with the Razorbacks.

Still, he’s joining San Francisco, according to NFL Draft Diamonds.

S Ronnel Perkins, Missouri

Baugh also reported the Niners were bringing aboard 6-foot-0, 205-pound safety Ronnel Perkins out of Missouri.

After modest production his first three years, Perkins managed four pass breakups and two interceptions his senior season and figures to be a down-in-the-box safety/linebacker hybrid.

S Jared Mayden, Alabama

Pelissero also reported San Francisco was bringing aboard Alabama safety Jared Mayden, which could initially round out the Niners’ 90-man offseason roster.

Mayden, 6-foot-0 and 205 pounds, registered four interceptions and 59 total tackles for the Crimson Tide in 2019, projecting to be a versatile defensive back capable of playing multiple positions within the secondary, although he’s not rangy enough for single-high coverage.

DL Darrion Daniels, Nebraska

Depth along the Niners defensive line is still a question, particularly with defensive tackle Sheldon Day leaving in free agency and Ronald Blair returning from a torn ACL last year.

Nebraska’s Darrion Daniels is another addition, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, as the 6-foot-4 run stuffer enjoyed a career-best 27 tackles after transferring from Oklahoma State in 2019.

RB Josh Hokit, Fresno State

Fresno State announced the 49ers were inking running back Josh Hokit, who had 1,260 rush yards over four seasons with the Bulldogs, including a combined 10 touchdowns in 2019.

Hokit figures to be a special teams contributor.

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