Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but Fooch is a crazy person who manages this blog with no rhyme or reason and it's worked so far. Who am I to argue?
The San Francisco 49ers went into the 2015 offseason with questions at the wide receiver position. Anquan Boldin was his consistent self in 2014, but Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson did not impact the team the way many hoped, and both departed in free agency. The 49ers quickly began rebuilding a unit that has struggled with depth for some time now. The team signed Jerome Simpson prior to the start of free agency (he had been released by the Vikings), and then added Torrey Smith shortly after free agency began.
The team took their next step in May, drafting DeAndre Smelter with a comp pick. They followed that by adding five wide receivers as undrafted rookie free agents. One of those players was Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson, who received a $6,000 signing bonus, and $44,000 in base salary guaranteed money. According to our man Jason Hurley, the total guarantee was the most among the 49ers undrafted free agents.
Dres is the son of former Rams wide receiver Flipper Anderson. Dres was viewed as a sleeper prospect in this year's wide receiver class. His final college season ended in October due to a meniscus tear. However, before that he was viewed as a guy with great down-field speed.
The scouting reports linked below suggest his biggest weakness is size. He stands 6'1 and weighs 187 pounds. The biggest concern is how he can handle press coverage, and also how he will do in blocking. He has been with the 49ers since May, so he likely has a very detailed nutrition and workout routine in place. It will be interesting to see if his body composition has changed much in terms of muscle mass when he reports on Monday with the other rookies.
Anderson ran a 4.54 40. While that is not lightning speed, his best asset appears to be his deeper speed. It sounds like he can kick in an extra gear down the field to stretch things out. There are concerns though about his short area quickness and ability to maneuver in tight quarters. Additionally, he finished in the bottom five in college football in drop rate. It is worth noting that involved five drops on 27 catchable targets, according to Pro Football Focus.
What to expect in 2015:
He and DeAndrew White received the most praise from media reports at the offseason workout program. His scouting reports read like a guy who can convert shorts and jersey performance into on-field performance, but we'll see when things start to get physical and he is dealing with even bigger bodies at cornerback.
The 49ers will look at Torrey Smith and Vernon Davis as two potential deep targets, but Anderson could very well work his way into the mix. Based on the limited reports we have thus far, he seems to be turning some heads. Preseason action will tell us more, but that straight line speed could bode well for making some kind of impact in 2015. He could potentially develop into a deep threat eventually, but it would also be helpful in getting down the field on kickoffs. His strength issues would not exactly help as a gunner, but maybe he gets some opportunities in the return game, and in kickoff coverage.
Odds of making the roster:
His odds are not great, given the numbers, but if he can prove himself to be an intriguing deep man who can play special teams, maybe he beats out Jerome Simpson for a roster spot. It is too early to tell where he stands, since we are basing it on just a few minicamp and OTA reports. But he has our eye following those practices, so we'll see if he can build on it.