3 NFL Draft prospects 49ers must avoid taking at all costs in 2022

Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver David Bell (3) Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Purdue Boilermakers wide receiver David Bell (3) Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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There are a few NFL Draft prospects who might appeal to the 49ers, but they’re prospects that should not be investing a high draft pick on.

With the NFL Draft fast approaching us at the end of the month, the attention has turned to exactly which prospects are rising and falling in what can only be described as a relatively poor draft class.

But in a draft that’s so fluid and dynamic in terms of prospect evaluation, players are able to great enhance their draft stock if they measure well or have an excellent NFL Combine.

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Of course the opposite is also true, and a player may find his draft stock slipping tremendously if he measures in at a different weight than first thought, or he has a terrible combine either on the field or in the interviews.

This year is, of course, no exception and there are plenty of prospects out there who are very overrated. Honestly, you could probably devote an entire article on the quarterbacks alone.

But, of course, the San Francisco 49ers won’t be looking at a quarterback, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some people to stay away from.

Here are three prospects the Niners should definitely avoid.

848. . Wide Receiver . Boilermakers . David Bell. 1. player

49ers Prospect No.1: David Bell, Wide Receiver, Purdue

Don’t be surprised to see the Niners use a pick on a receiver to round out the weapons available for quarterback Trey Lance, who already has an impressive amount to begin with.

Ideally, the team should be looking for a speedy receiver to help stretch the field, and this will automatically count out David Bell.

Bell has been an excellent receiver for Purdue, and he showed a lot of grit in college. This season, he had 93 catches for 1,286 yards and six touchdowns for the Boilermakers.

Unfortunately, the concerns for scouts center around his speed, and a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash did nothing to alleviate those concerns. It’s an exceptionally low time, and teams will have questions on his ability to separate from defensive backs in the NFL.

Bell has a very impressive body of work and could work out as a possession receiver who won’t rack up many yards after the catch but can move the chains, but it shouldn’t be as a member of the 49ers.