49ers NFL Draft: 4 college prospects who could replace Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images) /
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Treylon Burks, Arkansas Razorbacks
Treylon Burks #16 of the Arkansas Razorbacks (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

844. Arkansas. player. Wide Receiver. Treylon Burks. 2. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

49ers replacement for Deebo Samuel No. 2: Treylon Burks, Arkansas

The Niners wouldn’t have to worry about size considerations at all if they somehow ended up with Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks as a Deebo Samuel replacement.

At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Burks has the kind of physique to withstand plenty of punishment, and the Razorbacks didn’t hesitate to feature him as the prime weapon in their offense for the better part of the last two years.

Treylon Burks Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2019 Arkansas SEC FR WR 11 29 475 16.4 0 9 35 3.9 0 38 510 13.4 0
2020 Arkansas SEC SO WR 9 51 820 16.1 7 15 75 5.0 0 66 895 13.6 7
*2021 Arkansas SEC JR WR 12 66 1104 16.7 11 14 112 8.0 1 80 1216 15.2 12
Career Arkansas 146 2399 16.4 18 38 222 5.8 1 184 2621 14.2 19

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
Generated 4/13/2022.

There are plenty of other comparables between Burks and Samuel, too, as Arkansas also had the former line up all over the offensive formation, prompting the prospect to tell NFL.com’s Gennaro Filice the following:

"I’ve watched a lot of Deebo Samuel. The way that he plays running back, plays inside, plays outside, multiplayer, person, athlete. So I try to mimic my game after him. My physicality, the way that I’m able to be used at multiple positions. I can play outside receiver, inside receiver, running back — it doesn’t matter. That just sets me apart from everyone else."

All that said, Burks is still notably unpolished as a route-runner and hasn’t exactly mastered one particular role, meaning any team taking a flier on him will have to employ clearly defined development strategies.

However, in an offense like that of San Francisco’s, Burks could easily find a top-contributing niche.