49ers will coach these seven wide receiver prospects at Senior Bowl


49ers will coach these seven wide receiver prospects at Senior Bowl

The 49ers enter the offseason with a need to upgrade their receiving corps, and they will get a close look at a wide range of playing styles at the Senior Bowl later this month.

The 49ers will coach the South team, and seven wide receivers were assigned to their team, the Senior Bowl announced.

Here is a look at the wide receivers who will be under the tutelage of the 49ers’ coaching staff for a week, concluding with the game in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, Jan. 26 (the remaining players will be assigned to the South and North rosters in the coming day):

David Sills V, West Virginia, 6-4, 210
The 49ers could certainly use a red-zone target, and that is what Sills provides with his length and strength. In his final two seasons, he caught 125 passes for 1,966 yards and 33 touchdowns. Coach Kyle Shanahan will want to see if Sills can create separation at all spots of the field.
Projected: Early rounds

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210
Samuels had a combined 121 catches for 1,665 yards in his sophomore and senior seasons, between an injury-plagued 2017. He also has value on kickoff returns, where he accounted for four touchdowns on 41 returns over this final three seasons.
Projected: Early rounds

Jaylen Smith, Louisville, 6-4, 223
Smith has good size and strength. The one-on-one drills will be crucial for Smith, as he must show speed and route-running ability. He put together a solid four-year career with 152 receptions for 2,505 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Tyre Brady, Marshall, 6-3, 206
Brady is a strong blocker who could be an asset to the 49ers in the run game, too. Like all of the bigger receivers, his ability to create separation will determine how high the 49ers place him on their draft board. In his final two years of college, he caught 133 passes for 1,944 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Projected: Mid-rounds

Travis Fulgham, Old Dominion, 6-3, 215
He has the frame and potential to build on what he did in college, as he must refine his route-running. He caught a career-best 63 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.
Projected: Late rounds

Jalen Hurd, Baylor, 6-4, 229
Hurd has the kind of versatility that might inspire Shanahan to devise special packages for him. He rushed for 2,100 yards and 17 touchdowns over his first two seasons as a running back at Tennessee. He completed his college eligibility at Baylor as a wide receiver, where he caught 69 passes for 946 yards and four TDs as a senior.
Projected: Late rounds

Hunter Renfrow, Clemson, 5-10, 180
The 49ers already have Trent Taylor and Richie James. Renfrow is a reliable slot receiver. He was a steady performer during his four-year career, catching 186 passes for 2,133 yards and 15 touchdowns. His best season was as a junior, when he caught 60 passes for 602 yards.
Projected: Late rounds

49ers seven-round NFL mock draft: Pick projections for each round


49ers seven-round NFL mock draft: Pick projections for each round

The 49ers have 184 players on their draft board.

It is a lower number of prospects than the 49ers have listed in the three seasons with John Lynch as general manager. Lynch said it speaks to the belief that it is going to be more difficult for a rookie to come in and win a roster spot this season.

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The 49ers have a scheduled six draft picks, a number that might change as the 49ers determine over the course of the three-day selection meeting whether to end up with fewer players due to trade-ups or attempt to move back to acquire more players.

If they stay where they’re scheduled to choose, the 49ers' draft could look something like this:


Reggie Cobb's son will announce 49ers' second-round pick in NFL draft


Reggie Cobb's son will announce 49ers' second-round pick in NFL draft

The 49ers have announced that DeMarcus Cobb, son of the late Reggie Cobb, will announce the team’s second-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft alongside San Francisco alum Earl Cooper. 

General manager John Lynch opened up his pre-draft media availability with a heartfelt message about the longtime scout. He spoke about the effect that Cobb had, not only in the 49ers building, but around the league as well. 

“The outpouring from the league has just been unbelievable,” Lynch said. “The scouts, the coaches, GMs. He touched the NFL community and I think far beyond that. We’re finding out more and more each minute with the correspondence we’re having with people.” 

Lynch also hinted that DeMarcus would be involved in honoring his father with the team in some form. They will also keep his seat in the draft room empty the entire weekend. 

Cobb was the western regional scout for the 49ers for the past 11 seasons after spending six years with the Buccaneers as an area scout. He had a seven-season career in the NFL that included one year as a teammate of Lynch in Tampa Bay. 

Lynch elaborated on how Cobb’s work will influence how the 49ers draft evolves this week. 

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“Reggie’s imprint will be on this draft,” Lynch said. “He worked incredibly hard, as he always did in the preparation for it. I’d love nothing more than to be able to take a player that he scouted hard. 

“We have enough cross checks and all that, that he’ll have his imprint on this draft in some form or fashion. Certainly, by the way, he just had a spirit about him that was something special.”