No. 2: 49ers wide receiver Danny Gray
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the 49ers’ third-round pick out of SMU, wide receiver Danny Gray, whose blazing-fast 4.33 40-yard time at his pre-draft workouts could mean head coach Kyle Shanahan finally has his field-stretching downfield threat.
In rookie minicamp, Gray showcased some of these skills, and it was looking as if he’d solidify a role immediately as someone who could take the top off opposing defenses.
However, Gray subsequently suffered a hamstring injury during organized team activities and missed the bulk of offseason workouts thereafter.
This means Gray will be a bit behind in his development, and the Niners also watched veteran wide receiver and return specialist Ray-Ray McCloud take over as a possible downfield threat while Gray was absent.
From a roster standpoint, Gray is likely safe and won’t have to worry about a pre-Week 1 waiving.
However, unless he winds up impressing early during training camp, there’s a good chance the rookie could be relegated to the back end of the depth chart while McCloud winds up being a larger X-factor.