49ers score massively good grades from 2022 NFL Draft selections

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Danny Gray, SMU Mustangs
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49ers Pick No. 105: Wide Receiver Danny Gray, SMU

One month ago, I had Danny Gray listed as one of my prospects that could be a Day 3 steal for the 49ers, especially as he had the traits to make the wide receiver room in San Francisco complete.

The last pick of Round 3 is close enough, therefore I’m obligated to shower this pick with high praise.

Gray gives the Niners the deep threat they’ve been coveting since Marquise Goodwin and will be a big help in the development of quarterback Trey Lance, as the 49ers look to add in the vertical passing element we haven’t seen for a while.

Gray is a potential steal, and I’m quoting myself:

"Danny Gray had 49 receptions for 803 yards and nine touchdowns last season for SMU. He helped himself at the combine by running quickly with a 4.33 time in the 40-yard dash. Gray projects mostly as a slot receiver at 6-foot-0 and 186 pounds, but he has some mismatch potential on shorter receivers as well as anyone taller but slower. He hasn’t gotten much attention, but Gray looms as a potential steal as a productive receiver with potential for the next level."

Yards after the catch is something very valued in San Francisco’s scheme, and good luck chasing Gray in space. He’s not restricted to running deep, he can perform to the scheme as well.

I love this pick a lot. He’s also got untapped potential when it comes to the return game, so he could be a big threat there as well. But at the very least, he’s going to become a favorite target for Lance, as long as he can rein in those drops.

Grade: A