No. 1: 49ers running back JaMycal Hasty
It’s easy to root for undrafted free agents, and former Baylor running back JaMycal Hasty was one of the better to-root-for UDFAs back when he broke into the league in 2020 after going undrafted.
Hasty had some splash moments during his rookie season, yes, but the overall body of work — 181 net yards on 46 total touches and a touchdown — suggested he’d rise no more than a back-end option on San Francisco’s roster.
Then, with 2021 rookie running back Elijah Mitchell stealing the show last season, Hasty fell even deeper down the pecking order heading into this offseason.
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The fact Hasty has three fumbles on those 46 touchdowns doesn’t bode well for him, and neither does the fact the 49ers added two more rushers to the mix in 2022, Tyrion Davis-Price and Jordan Mason, who’ll both compete with Hasty, Mitchell, Trey Sermon and Jeff Wilson Jr. for a spot this regular season.
Hasty seems to be the odd man out almost by default. And with teams prioritizing running backs less and less in today’s pass-happy NFL, it might be a cold hard reality for Hasty not to be sought after by any other squad if the Niners do indeed part ways with him prior to Week 1.
It’d be unfortunate, perhaps, but that’s the context in which Hasty finds himself.