These 2nd-year 49ers must bounce back big in 2023 (or else)
By Peter Panacy
No. 2: Tyrion Davis-Price is in danger of being 49ers’ latest Round 3 running back bust
For two years in a row, San Francisco tried and failed to land a home-run running back in Round 3 of the NFL Draft. In 2021, it was Trey Sermon who lasted just one year with the team after rushing for only 167 yards. Then, in 2022, the 49ers doubled down on this approach by grabbing former LSU tailback Tyrion Davis-Price even though they already had a successful second-year pro in Elijah Mitchell.
Mitchell’s injuries popped up again last season, but that didn’t open up the door for Davis-Price to become a factor. Instead, he was buried on the depth chart behind Jeff Wilson Jr. and, after the NFL trade deadline, Christian McCaffrey.
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Even the undrafted rookie, Jordan Mason, received preference over Davis-Price throughout 2022, and the latter had just 34 rushes for 99 total yards, averaging a mere 2.9 yards per attempt.
McCaffrey is the bell cow, and Mitchell is returning.
Barring an impressive training camp, Davis-Price seems to be on the same trajectory as Sermon was a year ago.