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Golden Nuggets: Is Navy QB Malcolm Perry worth a late round flyer?

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San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday March 14, 2020

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 31 Liberty Bowl - Navy v Kansas State Photo by Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to another Saturday morning edition of the Nuggets! As we get closer to the draft we are starting to see the same names come up in relation to who the 49ers might select with their first pick in the draft. And of course it’s always fun to speculate.

But for me, I find it just as much fun to look at the players that aren’t being mentioned. The late round flyers or possible UDFA’s. Which brings me to today’s subject: Navy QB Malcolm Perry.

Now, for starters, Perry isn’t entering the NFL Draft as a QB prospect. While he did play his entire senior season at the position in 2019, he played in the triple option offense at Navy and isn’t considered a viable prospect as an NFL caliber passer. But for what he lacks as a passer, he makes up for with big play ability.

Not familiar with Perry? Here’s a quick look at what he’s capable of:

While at Navy, Perry lined up as a RB, WR, and finally QB. He is quick, shifty, and versatile, and while he isn’t an NFL caliber passer, he isn’t completely inept either. He would be a perfect late round flyer or UDFA for a team looking to add the triple option wrinkle to their offense, while securing an emergency third string QB on gameday as well.

The question is, would Shanahan be interested in a versatile player like Perry who can lineup in the backfield, play slot, or even take the snap directly and run the triple option a la Taysom Hill? I think that it’s possible.

The one caveat is that Perry didn’t exactly wow at the combine. He ran a pedestrian 4.63 40 and 7.13 3-Cone drill, both of which would normally put him outside of Shanahan’s comfort zone for a full time receiver, and he is a bit undersized at 5’9” 186 lbs, but again, that versatility is attractive to an innovative play caller like Shanahan, even more so since he prefers to keep three QB’s on the roster.

So what do you think Niners Nation? Would Malcolm Perry be worth a 6th round pick? A 7th? Undrafted free agent? Let us know in the comments below!

And now, onto those links:

Why Xavier Rhodes might interest 49ers after Richard Sherman’s success (Brian Witt, NBC Sports)

49ers seven-round mock draft 2020: San Francisco trades out of first round, grabs extra pick (Bryan DeArdo, CBS Sports)

49ers’ DeForest Buckner sees fifth-year option value adjusted from $14.4 million to $12.4 million (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)

Jeff Wilson could see increased role with 49ers in 2020 (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise)

49ers Will Continue to Prep for NFL Draft (Doug Williams, NBC Bay Area)

NFL officially cancels all pre-draft visits; interviews could take place online (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)

Two Harbaugh-era 49ers angling for NFL returns (Jacob Hutchinson, KNBR)

49ers NFL Draft Profile: WR Jalen Reagor (Matt Holder, SI.com)