The San Francisco 49ers have submitted their first compensatory pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. The team had three picks in the fourth round, and with pick No. 132 overall, they drafted DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech.
The 49er signed Torrey Smith this offseason, and headed into the offseason program with him and Anquan Boldin as their top two guys. Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton are question marks, but will get plenty of opportunities. Smelter tore his ACL in November so he will not be expected to make an immediate impact in 2015. Welcome to another member of Team ACL.
Here is what our Georgia Tech blog, From The Rumble Seat had to say in their "verdict" about Smelter:
I only wish what could've been had Smelter been able to finish out the season strong and impressed at the combine. He's a legitimate stud WR coming out of college that I've compared to a more polished Demariyus Thomas at this point in their careers. Looking at it now, that's a high ceiling, but it's something that Smelter could accomplish. He'll need to get back to where he was physically and learn the pro game quickly, but Smelter has the chance to continue the dominance from Georgia Tech's wide receivers in the NFL.
Prediction: fifth round. There's no way he falls out of the draft. It seems more likely that he'll go in the sixth or seventh, but I truly believe someone will reach out in the fifth round and take a chance on what they saw from game film.
Here is what NFL.com had to say:
Like Eric Decker, Smelter is a former baseball player with outstanding hand-eye coordination. Both will have entered the draft with questions lingering about a season-ending injury (Lisfranc for Decker). Smelter is an uber-athlete with a background of excellence in every sport he has played. He plays well beyond his experience level at wide receiver. His toughness, natural instincts and football intelligence should earn him a spot on a depth chart, provided there are no lasting effects from his ACL tear.
What we know about the 49ers draft, so far
- Trent Baalke talks day two picks
- Arik Armstead conference call transcript
- Jaquiski Tartt conference call transcript
- Eli Harold conference call transcript
- What to make of Jaquiski Tartt
- What do three rounds tell us about the 49ers offense?
Remaining 49ers draft picks
1 (17). Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon
2 (14). Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
3 (15). Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
4 (18). Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
4 (27). Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina
4 (33). No. 132 overall - Compensatory pick (Donte Whitner)
5 (15). No. 151 overall - Own pick
6 (14). No. 189 overall - Own pick
7 (29). No. 246 overall - Indianapolis Colts (2013 Cam Johnson trade)
7 (37). No. 254 overall - Compensatory pick (Anthony Dixon)
*Note that 49ers comp picks can not be traded.