49ers must cross these 5 prospects off big board after poor NFL Combine

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David Bell, Purdue Boilermakers
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49ers no-go prospect No. 3: Wide receiver David Bell, Purdue

San Francisco could easily be searching for another wide receiver to pair with incumbents like Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk heading into 2022, and the ideal fit would be someone who could stretch the field and open up things for quarterback Trey Lance.

Many of the top-performing receiving prospects at the NFL Combine had blazing-fast 40-yard times and also showed off well enough in other workouts.

Purdue wide receiver David Bell, however, certainly hindered his own draft stock by running a sluggish 4.65 40-yard time before registering a relatively pedestrian 32-inch vertical leap. His agility drills weren’t particularly great either.

Considering his game tape and the fact he recorded two 1,000-yard receiving seasons over three years with the Boilermakers, one might have thought Bell would have used the combine to push himself into consideration of being a first-round pick.

Not so much now, though.

Bell isn’t an overly athletic receiver, no, but one would have figured his raw testing numbers would have at least been modest. They weren’t.

With the 49ers having a need for a true “burner” at the position, it’s likely Bell won’t fit any niche for Kyle Shanahan and Co.