The San Francisco 49ers have wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft, which aside from first-round EDGE Nick Bosa, is largely highlighted by offensive pass catchers.
For those wondering whether or not the San Francisco 49ers would upgrade their wide receiver corps in the 2019 NFL Draft, you have the answer.
The Niners picked up two wideouts on day two of the draft: South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel in Round 2, backed up by the 6-foot-5 Jalen Hurd from Baylor in Round 3. These two additions should help overcome what was a receiving corps which failed to produce a single 500-yard wideout in 2018.
Pass catchers highlighted the 2019 draft efforts from general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan, although the 49ers’ top get, Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa, will be the vanguard of the class.
Here’s the breakdown of San Francisco’s eight total picks this year:Hurd, however, is a bit more interesting. A converted running back from the University of Tennessee, Hurd had to sit out nearly an entire season after transferring to Baylor to become a pass catcher.
“Yeah, definitely,” Shanahan said when asked if Hurd could be used as an H-back player. “I see him, he’s got that type of body. I think he can do a little bit more things.”
Smith, meanwhile, could push No. 2 tight end Garrett Celek for a roster spot as soon as training camp, especially considering the soon-to-be 31-year-old Celek had only five receptions in 2018, yet was penalized six times.
Still, San Francisco’s biggest prize is Bosa. Arguably the draft’s top prospect, he managed to find his way to the 49ers after the top-drafting Arizona Cardinals took Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.
“I think it’s pretty awesome that I’m joining a team that’s already assembled a pretty darn good squad,” Bosa told reporters after being drafted. “Just playing here, seeing the Super Bowl trophies around, it’s definitely pretty cool.”
An Interesting Choice for Selecting a Punter
In 2015, then-general manager Trent Baalke used a fifth-round pick to take Clemson punter Bradley Pinion.
Reaction wasn’t particularly good, especially considering the turmoil the 49ers went through in the months preceding that year’s NFL Draft. Pinion was the 2015 NFL Draft’s first specialist taken, and he stayed with the Niners until finally departing via free agency in 2019.
Influenced by that, Lynch grabbed former Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky, not in Round 5, but in the fourth round.