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 you get the idea.
The San Francisco 49ers have been terrible at drafting wide receivers in recent years. From A.J. Jenkins on down, the list is a sad one, even if you’re still holding out hope that one of Quinton Patton or Bruce Ellington will amount to anything in the NFL. I personally have given up on both of them.
At this point, short of getting rid of the person making the picks, the 49ers can only ... keep trying, and they did that this year when they selected Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge in the sixth round.
The 49ers are hurting for top talent at the receiver position, but they weren’t hurting for bodies — with Torrey Smith, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Jerome Simpson, DeAndre Smelter, DiAndre Campbell, Dres Anderson, Eric Rogers, DeAndrew White and Bryce Teggs all currently on the roster.
It’s hard to imagine where Burbridge fits in with that group. It’s not that he doesn’t have a chance, it’s just a group that’s heavy on young guys with high potential but questionable futures. In four years with the Spartans, Burbridge caught 165 passes for 2,174 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Weight: 206 lbs
Burbridge signed a four-year rookie deal and has a cap number of just $475,089 for his rookie season. He’ll make under $1 million in the final year of his deal as well and obviously, it’s not a concern at this stage.
What to expect in 2016
Burbridge impressed when he turned heads in the final June minicamp, but aside from that, he’s a bit of a question mark. We’ve heard a bunch of talk about how Ellington and Patton might be strong fits in Kelly’s offense, and then there’s young guys like Smelter and White who occupy the same space as Burbridge in my head. I’d expect a spot on the practice squad at this point, though Burbridge will have every opportunity to show the 49ers he has what it takes.
Odds of making the roster
Honestly, it’s hard to say. As a sixth-round pick, there’s no guarantee he’ll make the roster as the 49ers haven’t invested a ton in him. There’s also a massive group of receivers on the roster right now that would seem to occupy the same role as Burbridge.