49ers NFL Draft 2021: 5 best targets available on Day 2
By Peter Panacy
49ers Day 2 NFL Draft Target No. 2: Wide Receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU
Like cornerback, there was a bit of a run on wide receivers towards the end of the draft with the Baltimore Ravens selecting Rashod Bateman and the New York Giants grabbing Kadarius Toney in the latter half of Round 1.
Kyle Shanahan could and should be eyeing wide receivers in Round 1, and one of the potential sliders who also could have been a first-round selection is LSU wideout Terrace Marshall Jr., whom Niner Noise’s Jeremy Wohlfart touted as a potential second-round target for San Francisco:
Unlike Jaelon Davis, who is going to receive questions about both his stature and level of competition, Marshall has gone up against some of the toughest defenses in college football within the SEC and managed to be a quality producer in support of the top-drafted former teammate, Ja’Marr Chase.
The 6-foot-2 Marshall netted 731 yards and 10 touchdowns over just seven games last season before opting out the remainder of 2020, and it wouldn’t be completely unorthodox for Shanahan to use him as a big slot.
Marshall has a few injury concerns and might have some question marks about his refined route-running skills. But he has complete mismatch potential already.
And for someone who won’t turn 21 years old until later this summer, the 49ers could go with the youth movement like Trey Lance while developing Marshall’s upside at the NFL level sooner than some of the older wide receivers selected in Round 1.