No. 1: 49ers running back Trey Sermon
Of all San Francisco’s NFL Draft picks in 2022, few turned heads in a negative way more than the third-round selection of LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price.
A reach, for sure, Davis-Price joins a fairly crowded running back room with Elijah Mitchell poised as the starter, backed up by Jeff Wilson Jr., JaMycal Hasty and second-year man Trey Sermon, not necessarily in that order.
Davis-Price could easily beat out any of those three for pecking order, pushing the last man off the totem pole for the Week 1 depth chart altogether.
Yet it’s fully possible that player winds up being Sermon, another rather shocking Round 3 pickup by the 49ers from a year ago.
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Sermon’s rookie campaign was nothing short of disappointing. Despite being given some chances to assert himself, he nevertheless finished with a mere 167 rush yards and was even a healthy scratch at points late in the season despite the Niners dealing with a banged-up halfback room.
As far as cost is concerned, the former Oklahoma and Ohio State standout would cost only a shade above $225,000 in dead money if he’s waived after June 1 against a cap savings of over $880,000.
This means Sermon, despite being a third-round pick himself, is anything but safe if Davis-Price somehow justifies his draft status this offseason.