49ers 7-round offense-only mock NFL Draft for 2022

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Kevin Austin Jr., Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. (4) Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports /

819. . Wide Receiver. Fighting Irish . Kevin Austin Jr.. 172. player

Round 5, Pick No. 172 Overall: 49ers select WR Kevin Austin Jr., Notre Dame

On the surface, San Francisco’s wide receiver corps looks mostly set entering 2022. The 49ers already boast an All-Pro in Deebo Samuel, while two-year veteran Brandon Aiyuk came on strong in the second half of 2021.

In addition, No. 3 wideout Jauan Jennings made a number of notable impacts his second year, while the Niners onboarded slot-type receiver and return specialist Ray-Ray McCloud in free agency.

However, there’s still room for some depth additions here, and it would certainly be of note if San Francisco could target another big-bodied option.

It took Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. a little while to catch on, but he did that for the Fighting Irish last season:

Kevin Austin Jr. Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2018 Notre Dame Ind FR WR 4 5 90 18.0 0 0 0 0 5 90 18.0 0
*2020 Notre Dame ACC JR WR 1 1 18 18.0 0 0 0 0 1 18 18.0 0
*2021 Notre Dame Ind SR WR 12 48 888 18.5 7 1 8 8.0 0 49 896 18.3 7
Career Notre Dame 54 996 18.4 7 1 8 8.0 0 55 1004 18.3 7

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
Generated 3/30/2022.

At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, while also having ran a 4.43 40-yard time at his NFL Combine workouts, Austin looks the part of an elite-level receiver.

He’s raw, though, and it’ll take time for him to develop a full route tree while understanding the nuances of a complicated pro-style offense.

Considering Austin wouldn’t have to assume a prolific role right out of the gate, though, a team like the 49ers could afford to be patient with him.