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.
I am pretty excited for today’s 90-in-90 subject. It is wide receiver Trent Taylor, and I’ve got a feeling that this guy is going to be special. The San Francisco 49ers’ fifth round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech was head coach Kyle Shanahan’s draft crush, and once you watch the guy, it’s easy to see why.
Taylor finished the 2016 season with 1,803 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns, and he has more than impressed during the 49ers’ offseason program.
Weight: 181 pounds
Taylor signed a four-year, $2,601,937 deal with a signing bonus of $201,948. His 2017 salary cap hit is $515,487.
What to Expect in 2017
Taylor has always played in the slot, but he is a quick and versatile receiver that Shanahan may move around throughout the season. He has stood out in OTAs and minicamp, and he will only get better as the 49ers move into training camp.
He is able to read defenses in a nanosecond and his ability to separate is impressive. And his ability to do so without slowing down is even more so.
As quarterback Brian Hoyer said, “[H]e’s a guy that, if it is man-to-man, he's probably going to win. It just depends on the route that you give him and does the defender have help somewhere…I think, if you watch him just practice, you can tell why he had the success that he had in college, there's no doubt.”
I’ve watched him practice. You can tell. And on top of all that, he’s got an attitude that will only make him better.
Due to his quickness, I would not be surprised if he becomes the team’s No. 1 punt returner, as well as in various places on offense, not just the slot.
Odds of Making the Team
This kid will 100 percent make the team. He has too much upside not too. I believe he will be a fan favorite before the season’s end. To learn a little bit more about Taylor, check out 5 Fun Facts About Trent Taylor below!