What do NFL’s “Next Gen Stats” say about the 49ers’ 2020 draft class?

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Special guest John Pollard of Zebra Sports joins the Niner Noise Podcast to discuss how the NFL’s “Next Gen Stats” rate the San Francisco 49ers’ draftees and undrafted rookies from 2020 NFL Draft weekend.

John Pollard (@JPSTATS) joins Niner Noise Podcast hosts Chris Wilson (@cgawilson) and Robert Morrison (@rs_morrison) to break down the key analytics behind the San Francisco 49ers’ five rookie draftees, in addition to several of the Niners’ new undrafted free agents.

You likely know John Pollard as the head of Zebra Sports (@ZebraSports), “The Official On-Field Player-Tracking Provider” of the NFL, which provides the technology behind the league’s “Next Gen Stats.” In addition to their work during the NFL regular season and playoffs, Zebra also tracks players during practices and the Senior Bowl.

John discusses how Zebra utilizes the latest player-tracking technology to power NFL’s “Next Gen Stats,” before breaking down the “numbers behind the numbers” for the 49ers’ five draftees and key undrafted rookies.

What should we expect from San Francisco’s first-rounders — defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk — during their rookie campaigns? Did 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan snatch a pair of late-round gems in the draft? And which undrafted running back could become the next Matt Breida?

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