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Golden Nuggets: Which UDFA has the best chance to make the 49ers?

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Monday, June 7, 2021

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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan kicked off Sonoma Raceway Sunday, so he was naturally going to get asked about you know who. on Sunday, where he was asked about Julio Jones. He said his second destination for the Julio sweepstakes was that he ended up in the AFC. Mission accomplished.

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan would have liked to have acquired Julio Jones, but says he’s ‘very glad he’s in the AFC’

“I’m very glad he’s in the AFC,” Shanahan said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports. “[It’s a] good day. I would have been a hell of a deal, but my second-favorite choice is him being in the AFC.”

“You’ve got to worry about everyone, but No. 1, him not being in our division is a huge deal,” Shanahan said. “Julio’s the man. Everyone knows how good of a player he is. Tennessee got a hell of a player.”

‘Sticker shock’: 49ers rookies warned about Bay Area housing cost - San Francisco 49ers Blog- ESPN

According to Monica Thomas, an agent at Compass Realty who works closely with the 49ers, the average sales price of a single-family home in Santa Clara County is $1.96 million, which buys a home that is roughly 1,800 square feet. Renting a two-bedroom apartment measuring 900-1,200 square feet averages somewhere between $2,500 and $4,000 per month, depending on amenities and location.

For comparison’s sake, the average price of a single-family home in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the NFL’s smallest market, is $230,000 which would buy a 1,909-square-foot home. A 900-1,000-square-foot two-bedroom apartment rents for $800 to $1,200 per month (though those close to Lambeau Field can go for up to $3,000), according to Tiffany Holtz, a Coldwell Banker agent based there.

1 undrafted free agent who will make the 49ers’ 2021 roster

Austin Watkins is maybe the most overlooked prospect at wide receiver from this past NFL draft. Aside from quarterback play, the one area the San Francisco 49ers definitely could use a boost is at the wide receiver spot.

Having said all that, it seems that the most likely candidate of their undrafted signings to last with the team beyond this season will end up being Austin Watkins. Given that his specific set of skills can add a new dimension to the 49ers offense and he is a potentially strong fit with their style of play, it seems like this would be the most logical choice for them. Not to mention he would be a complete steal for a team that is only one season removed from its last Super Bowl appearance. If we’ve learned anything from previous NFL drafts it’s that there are plenty of overlooked prospects with the work ethic and ability to shine bright as superstars in this league.

3 players 49ers may dangle on trade block in 2021

No. 2: 49ers Running Back Raheem Mostert

Just like trading for a player entering his contract year, teams also aren’t overly willing to reach for aging and injury-prone running backs getting close to 30 years old.

From that vantage point, it would be difficult for the Niners to move veteran running back Raheem Mostert, who just turned 29 years old and is coming off a 2020 campaign limited to just eight games because of injuries.

Not likely to be a part of their long-term plans, the Niners would be wise to see if some halfback-needy team would be willing to offer up a day-three pick for Mostert at some point near the NFL trade deadline.

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No. 3: 49ers Running Back Trey Sermon

With running back Jeff Wilson (knee) out indefinitely and fellow runner Raheem Mostert temporarily sidelined with a knee injury, too, much of the OTA sessions have featured the 49ers’ third-round rookie, running back Trey Sermon, who could be Kyle Shanahan’s first bell cow-type rusher since taking over the job in 2017.

Sermon was seen as a natural fit in Shanahan’s outside-zone scheme, and all indications from these first two weeks of practice have indicated the former Ohio State standout is going to be more than prepared for a lot of action this season.