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.
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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.