SB Nation’s resident draft guru Dan Kadar wrote an article where he went through every teams draft and decided what the best move each team made. Here is what Kadar had to say about the San Francisco 49ers draft:
Getting more wide receiver talent.
Other than 2018 second-round pick Dante Pettis, the 49ers were lacking in wide receivers. It could be overlooked because head coach Kyle Shanahan can scheme success for lesser players. But now that he has Pettis, Deebo Samuel, and gadget weapon Jalen Hurd, watch out.
Tough to disagree with the sentiment that the 49ers need to add talent at receiver. A guy like Kendrick Bourne showed that he belongs in the NFL. He has a place on this roster. That shouldn’t stop you from upgrading, and that’s exactly what John Lynch and the front office did.
Samuel is getting labeled as a slot receiver, which is odd to me. Samuel is nasty with his releases:
A scout will watch this play and say “if he was 6-foot-4 he catches that” and ignore Deebo undressing the CB at the LOS pic.twitter.com/LGfjJ1VYse— KP (@KP_Show) May 1, 2019
The reason I had Samuel as a “Z” receiver earlier this morning on the 49ers depth chart was because I imagine Kyle Shanahan will want to get the ball in his hands right away. Dante Pettis can be the teams “iso” or “X” receiver that the offense relies on to win 1-on-1.
Hurd is more than a gadget. Raw isn’t the best way to describe him. He has shown skills like catching the ball away from his body, or different parts of his route running that suggest he’s further along than the “raw” label. Now his role as a rookie might seem like a gadget player, but Shanahan lined up Bourne and Trent Taylor in the backfield last year. That’s just what he does. Puts players in positions to succeed. That won’t be any different with Hurd.