49ers grab Justin Fields, build around him in mock NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
Round 4, Pick No. 117 Overall: 49ers select wide receiver Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
The Niners need to bolster their wide receiver depth behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk this offseason, and one of the primary needs is to find a quality No. 3 option after losing Kendrick Bourne to the New England Patriots in free agency.
Preferably, San Francisco could find someone who would work out well in the slot, and that’s the kind of ability Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace possesses.
At 6-foot-0 and 194 pounds, Wallace has been a mark of consistent production for the Cowboys the last three years, including a collegiate career-best 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns back in 2018:
|*2017||Oklahoma State||Big 12||FR||WR||5||7||118||16.9||0||0||0||0||7||118||16.9||0|
|*2018||Oklahoma State||Big 12||SO||WR||13||86||1491||17.3||12||1||6||6.0||1||87||1497||17.2||13|
|*2019||Oklahoma State||Big 12||JR||WR||9||53||903||17.0||8||1||0||0.0||0||54||903||16.7||8|
|*2020||Oklahoma State||Big 12||SR||WR||10||59||922||15.6||6||1||7||7.0||0||60||929||15.5||6|
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
True, a torn ACL suffered back in 2019 is a bit of a concern. But last year’s numbers are more than enough to suggest he bounced back from the injury in a great way.
Wallace has excellent route-running abilities, and those alone could put him on Kyle Shanahan’s radar. While a bit undersized to handle outside duties, Wallace isn’t afraid of the extra contact he might experience running routes over the middle. He’s tough, plays with an attitude and fights for extra yards with regularity.
Hopefully, San Francisco could use a player of Wallace’s caliber to lock down that slot role and give Shanahan yet another preferred trio of pass-catchers at the position.