The San Francisco 49ers have added a running back with serious pedigree. The team drafted Florida running back Kelvin Taylor with their first comp pick of the sixth round. Taylor is the son of Florida legend Fred Taylor.
The 49ers have quite a few running backs on the roster, but last year showed you cannot have enough. Carlos Hyde is the starter, with Mike Davis, Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris, Jarryd Hayne, and Kendall Gaskins serving as depth. The 49ers spent a fourth round pick on Davis last season, while landing the other four as free agents. Although Hyde will get the bulk of the work, Chip Kelly has shown no hesitation using a lot of running backs. Expect plenty of work for the backups.
The NFL.com scouting report compares him to Bobby Rainey, and has this to say:
Quicker-than-fast running back with the vision and footwork to be a creator, but a potential lack of power and commitment between the tackles to be an every down back. Taylor's work ethic and toughness should make fans of running back coaches, but his ceiling may be as a change of pace runner in a committee.
1. First round: DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon
2. First round: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
3. Third round: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
4. Fourth round: Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
5. Fifth round: Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
6. Fifth round: John Theus, OT, Georgia
7. Fifth round: Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss
8. Sixth round: Jeff Driskel, QB, Louisiana Tech
9. Sixth round: Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida
10. Sixth round: Comp pick - No. 38 (213)
11. Seventh: Kansas City Chiefs (2016 draft-day trade) - No. 28 (249)