Which of these 49ers rookies would you classify as a stud or as a dud? Find out what we think of this year’s batch of rookies and whose stock is on the rise.
The San Francisco 49ers may not be commanding a ton of immediate returns from their 2021 rookie NFL Draft class, but there have been some notable standouts over the first five games of the season.
And while it’s far too soon to come to any sweeping conclusions, it is possible to look at how each rookie’s stock value is performing after five regular-season contests and heading into the Niners’ Week 6 bye.
Let’s break down who’s on the rise and who isn’t.
49ers Round 1 Rookie: QB Trey Lance
San Francisco’s prized pick from this year’s draft class is none other than quarterback Trey Lance. And no matter what happens with the rest of the 49ers’ draft class from 2021, he’ll ultimately define it.
Lance’s career is already filled with drama, and he’s only been on an NFL roster for five weeks. His performance as an NFL quarterback so far has been up and down, and while he only started one game (a loss in Week 5 versus the Arizona Cardinals), there is no doubt that Lance has some special gifts.
Boasting a total stat line of 52-percent passing for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, with a rushing line of 27 rushes for 133 yards and a touchdown, it can be seen Lance’s ability to make plays is there, but the execution seems to be a little off at times.
Lance is a young budding player and was said to be raw coming into the NFL, so it’s only fair to at least give him the rest of the year to show us how good he can be.
For the moment I’m gonna say his stock is ON THE RISE. But he will need to clean up his accuracy issues, or this will turn into a downward trajectory soon enough.
Despite his accuracy issues, Lance needs to be classified as a stud so far.