49ers target: SaRodorick Thompson, Running Back, Texas Tech
Draft range: 6th-7th round
The 49ers have their superstar running back in Christian McCaffrey, but the team will undoubtedly look to add an extra body to the corps for 2023. The Niners won’t be wasting a third-round selection (we hope), but SaRodocrick Thompson is an interesting late-round candidate who could fit into the rotation.
Thompson is an experienced starter at Texas Tech, logging 684 rushing yards at 4.9 yards per carry and seven touchdowns for the season along with 23 receptions for 125 yards and an additional touchdown in 2022.
Thompson is a good size at 6-foot-0 and 215 pounds who can break through tackles and could thrive as a goal-line back at the next level, and he can both crash through the line of scrimmage and catch passes in the end zone. Thompson was also a good blocking back while at Texas Tech.
In the open field, Thompson has decent speed, but he doesn’t have the breakaway pace to make defenders miss. However, he can function as a one-cut tailback back who can take advantage of San Francisco’s blocking schemes.
While Thompson lacks the overall speed or skill level to truly be a starting running back in the NFL, he looks like a nifty late selection that could be an immediate contributor in a rotation just like the 49ers use.