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?
Wednesday morning, we took a look at wide receiver Dres Anderson in a 90-in-90 post. A day later, we're back with the other undrafted free agent wide receiver who reportedly shined in the offseason workout program. DeAndrew White was a name repeatedly mentioned, which means at least for fans, he would seem to head into training camp with some positive momentum on his side.
The San Francisco 49ers signed White as part of their post-draft UDFA class that included five wide receivers. I realized in going through the 90-in-90 list recently that this is a bit back-loaded at the wide receiver position. We still have Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson, DeAndre Smelter, DiAndre Campbell and Issac Blakeney left. With only three non-wide receivers as well, get ready for all kinds of wide receiver chatter!
White got praise from Nick Saban (link) and Amari Cooper (link) following the Alabama Pro Day. However, the reason he slipped out of the draft was due to injuries. He suffered a torn ACL in 2012, and scouting reports suggest he lost a step following the injury. He suffered a shoulder injury in the 2014 season opener, and has also dealt with toe and hamstring issues the last two years.
By all indications he had a strong offseason workout program, but wide receivers coach Ronald Curry wanted to keep everything in perspective. Curry was pleased with White's work, but made it clear nobody is crowned for their work in shorts. I've posted links to scouting reports below. White seems to have solid hands, and is able to maneuver well in tight space. While he can make defenders miss, his speed is listed as a negative.
What to expect in 2015:
He is going to have to establish himself on special teams if he is going to make the 49ers roster in 2015. That's a bit cliched at this point with rookies, but that's the way it is. If he or Dres Anderson make the roster, it is unlikely they see a ton of playing time with the offense. Their best chance of making a contribution is on special teams.
Odds of making the roster:
The chances are not great, but if White can build on his performances in minicamp and OTAs, he'll be moving in the right direction. My guess is that the 49ers try and get at least one of their UDFA wide receivers to the practice squad. The 49ers tried that with cornerbacks in the past, which has me wondering if the team does anything to hide any of their UDFA wide receivers in the preseason. They want to see what they can do, but if they are convinced the roster spot won't be there, maybe they try and get a little bit sly.
It will be interesting to see if any of the receivers end up with fairly limited playing time come August. There is always garbage time in preseason games, but it would not shock me if they try and hide one of their UDFA wide receivers.