49ers Pick No. 93: Running Back Tyrion Davis-Price, LSU
Here is the traditional wild card pick the Niners always seem to throw at us, and once again it’s a running back relatively early in the draft.
And honestly, I’m not sure I get this one at all. Running back wasn’t a huge position of need, and Kyle Shanahan has the talent of taking cheap free-agent/late-round/UDFA running backs off the scrap heap and making them look good. Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Raheem Mostert, Matt Breida, Elijah Mitchell, JaMycal Hasty, etc. have all looked good in the scheme out of nowhere.
Ironically, it’s 2021 draft pick Trey Sermon that’s been the most unimpressive of the lot, and that doesn’t necessarily bode well.
I like Tyrion Davis-Price as a tough runner who has an underrated burst of speed, but the third round was way too early for someone who was a consensus Day 3 pick before the draft.
It’s not all doom and gloom, as his tough running could serve him well as a goal-line back, and he can take on carries that’ll allow other running backs to stay fresh, but it just seems like he’ll be destined to be lost in the shuffle given how Mitchell burst onto the scene last year.
We’ll call this one a “wait and see,” and the grade is less of a judgment on him at this stage, but there were other needs that had to be filled. San Francisco could have taken him much later on, which would have made more sense.