No. 3 player 49ers should try trading: RB Trey Sermon
Jaylon Moore didn’t exactly have a ton of hype surrounding him coming out of the 2021 NFL Draft, but running back Trey Sermon sure did.
Despite being a third-round pick last year, however, Sermon’s rookie season certainly didn’t go according to plan. Fully outplayed by a fellow rookie, sixth-round pick Elijah Mitchell, Sermon managed a mere 167 rush yards and even found himself a healthy scratch at times towards the end of the season when San Francisco was sorely in need of contributions on the ground.
Mitchell is clearly safe entering 2022. But the 49ers made a relatively shocking addition to their running back room by grabbing LSU tailback Tyrion Davis-Price in Round 3 of the 2022 draft, suggesting they’re nowhere near comfortable giving Sermon an established role this season.
It’d be one thing if the Niners grabbed someone late on day three. But using a third-round pick on Davis-Price says a lot here.
Sermon is beginning to remind San Francisco fans of the 2017 failed attempt to get something out of running back Joe Williams, who never even saw the regular season over two years.
OK, so Sermon might not fall into that category. But he’s close.
However, there’s still the “potential” upside Sermon nevertheless carries, stemming from his collegiate success, and the 49ers would be wise to capitalize on it however they can.
Even if it’s an admission of another running back failure.