2023 NFL Draft: Who could 49ers target at each offensive position?

Logan Bonner #1 of the Utah State Aggies(Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Getty Images)
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A.T. Perry, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
A.T. Perry #9 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

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49ers target: A.T. Perry, Wide Receiver, Wake Forest

Draft range: 3rd-5th round

The Niners are in an interesting position when it comes to their wide receivers. Starting duo Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk have been under quite a few trade rumors in the last 12 months, so San Francisco might want to add to the position in case the salary cap squeezes someone out.

A.T. Perry is a big receiver at 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds, who ran much faster than expected at the NFL Combine with a 4.47 40-yard time. Perry had 81 receptions for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns for Wake Forest in 2022, which followed up an excellent 2021 where he had 71 receptions for 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns.

A productive receiver,  Perry’s an excellent red-zone threat who can help in close-quarters situations. A physical receiver at the point of attack, the extra speed he showed at the combine will be interesting for teams who want to develop him as a more rounded receiver.

Perry’s ability to be put outside or in the slot will appeal to the 49ers who move about their offensive pieces regularly.

While Perry is not a true speed threat and more a possession receiver, that won’t matter to Kyle Shanahan who relies more on offensive scheming rather than a receiver’s athletic ability.