Way-too-soon 49ers 4-round mock NFL Draft for 2023

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Parker Washington, Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (3) Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports /

Nittany Lions . Parker Washington. 101. player. 806. . Wide Receiver

Round 3, Pick No. 101 Overall (Compensatory): 49ers select WR Parker Washington, Penn State

One of those comp picks we do know San Francisco will get is in Round 3, thanks to the Miami Dolphins making a minority hire of former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel in 2022.

Things are looking much better with regards to the Niners offering All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel a lucrative contract extension at some point sooner than later. However, there’s still the real possibility he wants out regardless, perhaps opting to play his final year with San Francisco before hitting the free-agent market in 2023, assuming the 49ers don’t slap the franchise tag on him a year from now.

Read More: 4 reasons why Niners could still trade Deebo Samuel

At any rate, the 2023 NFL Draft is yet another with plenty of good-quality receiver options, and few in next year’s class have as good of hands as Penn State’s Parker Washington.

Parker Washington Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2020 Penn State Big Ten FR WR 9 36 489 13.6 6 0 0 0 36 489 13.6 6
*2021 Penn State Big Ten SO WR 13 64 820 12.8 4 2 12 6.0 0 66 832 12.6 4
Career Penn State 100 1309 13.1 10 2 12 6.0 0 102 1321 13.0 10

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
Generated 5/8/2022.

Washington, 5-foot-10 and 207 pounds, is a savvy route-runner with a good ability to beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage despite his smaller stature. And while he’s not exceptionally fast, being more quick than anything else, Washington is another one of those players who can line up essentially anywhere and make plays from any spot.

That’d be a boost to Trey Lance and San Francisco’s offense regardless of what happens with Samuel.