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/ by Dalton Johnson
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The 49ers made two big upgrades to their receiving corps in the 2019 NFL Draft with the additions of Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd. 

With the No. 2 pick in the draft, the 49ers surprised nobody by selecting defensive end Nick Bosa. But on Day 2, they used both of their picks to add weapons for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

Greg Cosell, analyst and senior producer at NFL Films, came away highly impressed with the 49ers' haul of receivers in Samuel and Hurd. 

"Loved Deebo Samuel," Cosell said Monday on KNBR. "In fact, I love the two receivers they took." 

General manager John Lynch and Co. took Samuel with the No. 36 overall pick. He was the third receiver selected in the draft, and Cosell believes Samuel's traits will translate to the NFL. 

"Deebo Samuel, to me, he's got a compact build. He's got explosive traits," Cosell said. "I think you can line him up inside. You can line him up outside. He's got a vertical dimension to him. He has tremendous run-after-catch. He's really powerful, and he's really competitive.

"He's just a big, explosive athlete who can line up in a number of spots, and I really like the player on tape. I think he's a really good prospect."

Samuel scored a touchdown in four different ways at South Carolina -- 16 receiving touchdowns, seven rushing, four kickoff returns, and one fumble recovery. He averaged 14 yards per catch, 6.2 yards per carry and 29 yards per kickoff return over his four years in Columbia, S.C. 

 

Hurd, however, was more of a surprising pick at No. 67. The running back turned receiver has the body type NFL scouts dream about, though. At 6-foot-5 and 226 pounds, Hurd can be a nightmare to take down. 

"He's got elite size," Cosell said. "He's got length plus athleticism. He's kind of a loose mover. He predominantly played in the slot, but there's no question he can line up outside with more experience." 

Hurd began his college career as a running back at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Baylor to play receiver. Between the schools, Hurd finished his college career with 2,844 rushing yards, 4.5 yards per carry and 23 rushing touchdowns on the ground, while adding 136 receptions, 1,438 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns through the air.

"I didn't know much about him as a receiver until I watched the tape and I was kind of really fascinated by him," Cosell said. "I think with coaching and development, and position versatility -- you can still line him up in the backfield -- I think he presents a lot of options for Kyle Shanahan."

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There's now heavy competition at receiver for the 49ers, and Shanahan has his Swiss Army knives to play with.