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 loaded up on undrafted free agent wide receivers this past May, which means plenty of projects to consider. Dres Anderson and DeAndrew White are the two names showed up most frequently in minicamp and OTA coverage, but there are other intriguing projects in this group.
Former Duke wide receiver Issac Blakeney could stand tallest in that group, pun entirely intended. Blakeney measured in at 6'4, 223 pounds during his Pro Day. For some reason he is listed by the 49ers and Duke websites at 6'6, but even without those extra two inches, he is the tallest wide receiver on the roster. Blakeney is not a speed demon, putting in a 4.62 40 at his Pro Day. He has size on his frame to add more muscle, so it will be interesting to see what he weighs in at for his training camp physical following a couple months under the 49ers nutrition and strength plan.
Blakeney took all four years at Duke to figure out to settle into a roll. He arrived at Duke as a defensive back. He did not see game action his first two years. When he finally got playing time, it was as a tight end, before eventually transitioning into a wide receiver role. He also was a member of the Duke track & field team in spring 2014.
What to expect in 2015:
Given that he spent a lot of time transitioning to wide receiver, the practice squad is his best opportunity to develop with the 49ers. Although he redshirted a year and did not play another year, he is still only 22, turning 23 in November. He has some time to work with as he develops his game. A guy his size is certainly enticing, and a strong preseason showing very well could get him claimed off waivers. I suppose given his UDFA status, that is thinking a little too far ahead, but the fourth quarters of preseason games will be something to watch.
Odds of making the roster:
Very slim at this point. The 49ers wide receiver depth chart is a little deep, and Blakeney seems a little too raw in his development. Given his size, it would be interesting to see if the team considered returning him to tight end. I saw some mentions of that in pre-draft scouting reports. Given the numbers at tight end, I doubt it happens, but who knows.