No. 4: 49ers Wide Receiver Jauan Jennings
From one rookie to another, former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings has already received plenty of hype after San Francisco used their final pick in this year’s NFL Draft to select him.
Jennings’ sluggish speed at the NFL Scouting Combine dropped his draft stock all the way into Round 7. Had he ran a few ticks faster, he easily could have been a day-two pick, thanks largely to his exceptional strength and tackle-breaking abilities.
He broke 30 tackles on his 59 receptions last year, after all.
Kyle Shanahan could be looking to use more physicality at the position this season instead of his usual finesse-type receivers seen in previous years. Jennings possesses that attribute, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the rookie make some incredible contested catches during red-zone drills.
Considering this is an area in which the Niners have struggled under Shanahan the last three seasons, Jennings standing out here would be an excellent thing.
And that may be good enough for a training camp MVP nod.