The San Francisco 49ers have added a little more wide receiver depth to close out their 2018 NFL Draft class. The team picked Middle Tennessee State wide receiver Richie James with their final pick of the draft. He was a seventh round pick, No. 240 overall.
James stands 5’10, 183 pounds, and put up some filthy numbers in 2015 and 2016. Over those two seasons he had a combined 212 receptions, 2,959 yards, and 20 touchdowns. He took a step back this past year, playing only five games and finishing with 31 receptions for 290 yards. He suffered a broken collarbone that shut down his season.
He looks to compete with Trent Taylor for slot work. He’s likely not a threat to Taylor for the time being, and realistically looks like a practice squad candidate. He brings solid speed, running a 4.48 40, but scouting reports point to a player who has to clean up his route work and figure out separation from defensive backs.
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49ers draft picks
First round: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Second round: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Third round: Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Third Round: Tarvarius Moore, DB, Southern Mississippi
Fourth round: Kentavius Street, DE, N.C. State
Fifth round: D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State
Sixth round: Marcell Harris, S, Florida
Seventh round: Jullian Taylor, DT, Temple
Seventh round: Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State