All the 49ers’ NFL Draft picks have a major concern for their output in 2020.
Essentially they could be split in half between the first-round selections of defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, and the trio of offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, tight end Charlie Woerner and wide receiver Jauan Jennings who were picked on the third day of the draft.
There is no such thing as a perfect prospect, and the crop of rookies this year is no exception. This isn’t an article aimed at criticizing the players before they step onto the field, but more as a precaution about expecting them to play as superstars right off the bat.
49ers WR Jauan Jennings: Ability to separate
Jennings is an interesting prospect for the 49ers in the final round. He’s a very tall receiver at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and he has a tendency to break tackles that no doubt appeals to the 49ers who value the ability to make plays after the catch more than any other trait in receivers.
However, the issue for Jennings is separation. He ran an exceptionally slow 4.72 time in the 40-yard dash at the combine and may be a possession receiver only in the NFL.
Normally there’s nothing very wrong with that, except the Niners are not a team that utilizes possession receivers.
Perhaps he can find more speed in the NFL, but his ability to stick on the roster will depend on being such a good receiver that his athleticism won’t matter.