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Reggie Wayne picks Deebo Samuel as a breakout candidate in 2019

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High praise from a former six-time Pro Bowler

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Our friends over at Field Gulls wrote an article asking which NFC West team will have the most productive rookie receivers in 2019. The situation for each receiver should answer that question. Deebo Samuel has the most natural path to success in a division that’ll feature five wide receivers that were drafted between the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and the San Francisco 49ers.

Potential Hall of Fame wide receiver Reggie Wayne recently picked the 49ers second-round pick as a young receiver that is set to break out in 2019. Wayne selected seven wide receivers, and two of them were rookies. Here’s what he had to say about Samuel:

Without a true No. 1 receiver in San Francisco, Samuel has a real opportunity to make waves in Year 1. The rookie was a successful slot receiver for South Carolina and will be a nice addition to the 49ers’ pass-catching corps, alongside star tight end George Kittle, Jordan Matthews, Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin and fellow rookie Jalen Hurd. Any one of these guys could emerge as Jimmy Garoppolo’s top target, and I think Samuel, a second-round draft pick, will be the guy to surprise.

I may be premature in crowning Pettis as a true No. 1 receiver. If he’s not there yet, he will be by seasons end. I don’t get how you mention Jordan Matthews before Pettis. I also believe that Samuel coming into a situation with Pettis and Kittle will make life easier on him. There will be less pressure than a D.K. Metcalf, who isn’t surrounded by the number of skill players that the 49ers have.