2021 Senior Bowl: 5 NFL Draft prospects SF 49ers must watch
By Peter Panacy
SF 49ers Prospect No. 3: Running Back Michael Carter
San Francisco doesn’t necessarily need a running back in this year’s NFL Draft. And Kyle Shanahan has a long history of investing late-round picks or going after undrafted free agents, then developing them anyway.
But all three of the runners projected to be on the SF 49ers roster in 2021 — Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty — suffered serious injuries last season. And it might not be a bad idea to find a younger, healthier version who’d fit the offense.
While there are some top names to watch at the Senior Bowl, such as Alabama’s Najee Harris, Shanahan and the Niners won’t use a first- or perhaps even a second-round pick on a running back.
If Round 3 is an option, though, North Carolina running back Michael Carter would be an excellent target.
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Carter turned things up his last two seasons with the Tar Heels, and one can see with his pass-catching abilities how he can be a positive presence in Shanahan’s offense.
Additionally, Carter’s field vision and one-cut movement skills would be a fun watch in a zone-style offense.