3 players 49ers should watch from CFL’s Tiger-Cats

Hamilton Tiger-Cats players Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 3: Possibly the most electrifying player in the CFL, Brandon Banks can flip the field in the blink of an eye, and the 49ers should like that

The 49ers have been blessed with some of the best receivers of all time. And in 2021, they have some of the quickest pass-catchers with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

Adding Tiger-Cats wide-out Brandon Banks would take the receiving core to a different level.

Banks will be a first-ballot CFL Hall of Famer. His resume is stacked with six straight East All-Star nominations, four CFL All-Star nods, and the 2019 CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award.

In the highlight package, you’ll see why he has the nickname “Speedy B.” At 5-foot-7, 150 pounds there isn’t a lot on him to slow him down. He’s extremely slippery, and if he’s given any amount of space one-on-one, he’ll make the defender look foolish.

If the Niners need to ask anyone for advice on the former Kansas State star, they just need to call up head coach Kyle Shanahan’s dad, Mike. After Banks went undrafted in 2010, the Washington Football Team took a chance on him.

Unfortunately for Banks, his time with Mike Shanahan was short and not very sweet. In 2012 the former 49ers offensive coordinator challenged Banks to become more than a punt/kick returner. He struggled and ultimately didn’t re-sign with Washington after the 2012 season.

Since signing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2013, Banks has amassed over 5,000 receiving yards, 42 receiving touchdowns, 6,662 return yards, and eight total return touchdowns.

Effectively turning into the player Shanahan wanted him to be.

Any CFL fan would tell you how much respect they have for Banks, and San Francisco would be extremely lucky to get a player of his caliber.