49ers can reunite star player with his brother in this year's NFL Draft

The 49ers have an opportunity to reunite one of their star players with his brother in this year's NFL Draft.

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The NFL Draft is just over two months away in late April. The San Francisco 49ers have a number of needs they must address, but they also have an opportunity to reunite star running back Christian McCaffrey with his younger brother, Luke.

49ers can reunite Christian McCaffrey with his brother Luke at NFL Draft

Luke McCaffrey started his college career as a quarterback at Nebraska, but after he transferred to Rice University he transitioned to playing wide receiver.

In his last two seasons as a receiver for Rice, he had a total of 129 receptions for 1,715 yards and 19 touchdowns. He declared for the NFL Draft after he finished his junior season.

Those receiving numbers are solid, but McCaffrey brings more to the table than what is in the box score.

In the Senior Bowl game and the drills that preceded it earlier this month, McCaffrey turned heads with his abilities as a pass catcher, blocker, and punt returner. He caught this touchdown pass from Washington's Michael Penix Jr. during the drills.

He likely raised his draft stock with his solid showing throughout the week. He even had this nifty one handed grab during the game.

Christian McCaffrey has spoken about how it would be a dream come true for him to be able to play with his little brother. But if the 49ers draft the younger McCaffrey it will not just be for a feel-good story.

The wide receiver position could end up being a high priority for the Niners depending on how things shake out this offseason. Jauan Jennings, Chris Conley, and Ray Ray McCloud are all free agents this offseason.

Plus, with trade rumors swirling around Brandon Aiyuk and with Danny Gray seeming to be a bust, there is a lot of uncertainty with the wide receiver group going into next season.

Drafting McCaffrey could give the team a solid wide receiver option who could also end up being a punt or kick returner depending on whether the 49ers sign a more proven option or decide to let Ronnie Bell take over that role.

While on its face the 49ers drafting Luke McCaffrey would seem to be a feel good move, if they are smart with where they draft him it could end up being a necessary move to solidify the receiving corps while at the same time reuniting him with his older brother.

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