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NFL rumors: 49ers targeting N'Keal Harry, Deebo Samuel in second round

NFL rumors: 49ers targeting N'Keal Harry, Deebo Samuel in second round

The 49ers selected wide receiver Dante Pettis in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and the team could be looking at another target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Round 2 yet again this year. 

With the draft just over two weeks away, the 49ers, and every other NFL team, are locking in on certain prospects. General manager John Lynch and Co. reportedly have their eyes on two wide receivers. 

“I will say, man, sometimes I don’t tell you guys everything I hear because I’ve got to keep some stuff back to myself,” Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said on the Stick To Football podcast. “I’ve heard if N’Keal Harry’s gone, Deebo's [Samuel] their guy at 36.”

The 49ers have already met with both prospects before the draft, The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported late last month.

Harry starred for three seasons at Arizona State University. This past season, he hauled in 73 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns. The last two years combined, he had 155 receptions in 25 games for 2,230 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns.

At 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, Harry opened some eyes at the NFL Scouting Combine. He ran a 4.53 40-yard dash, put up 27 reps on the bench press, and leaped 38.5 inches in the vertical jump. 

Samuel is a different type of pass-catching option. He stands 5-11, 214 pounds and ran a 4.48 at the combine. As a senior, he had 11 touchdowns on 62 receptions for 882 yards at South Carolina. 

The 49ers have experience with Samuel, too. Kyle Shanahan and his staff worked with Samuel at the Senior Bowl and he stood out for his week of practice.

Though he's under 6-foot, Samuel is a weapon in the red zone with his advanced footwork.

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The 49ers missed out on big-name wide receivers in the offseason, but they can add another dangerous target for Jimmy G in the draft.

NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine

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NFL Draft 2020: Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor meet 49ers at combine

Despite only possessing one pick before the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the 49ers still are doing their due diligence at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.

San Francisco has met with a pair of wide receivers this week in LSU product Justin Jefferson and former TCU speedster Jalen Reagor.

Jefferson, who was part of LSU’s national championship-winning squad in 2019, said his meeting with the 49ers was informal, while Reagor mentioned that the team highlighted his versatility when discussing his potential fit within the offense.

Coming off a trip to the Super Bowl, the Niners aren’t faced with a lot of glaring needs along the roster, but wide receiver certainly ranks high among the few holes general manager John Lynch must address this offseason.

The 49ers didn’t have a wide receiver eclipse the 1,000-yard mark last season, with All-Pro tight end George Kittle barely surpassing it (1,053).

Jefferson caught an NCAA Division I-best 111 passes for the Tigers in 2019 and closed out his final collegiate season with 1,540 yards. In the latest NBC Sports Bay Area mock draft, Jefferson wasn't available when the Niners were on the clock at No. 31.

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Reagor’s broad skillset likely would mesh well with the 49ers’ motion-heavy offense, as Reagor made big plays for the Horned Frogs in the running, receiving, and return game during his three seasons in Fort Worth.

This will be Lynch and Shanahan’s first opportunity to draft outside of the top five in the first round, as they hope to build on a breakout 2019 season.

49ers hoping receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

49ers hoping receiver Jalen Hurd will be cleared for offseason program

INDIANAPOLIS -- Even before the 49ers have the opportunity to select a wide receiver in the draft, the club expects to add the services of a young pass-catcher.

Jalen Hurd, a third-round draft pick from a year ago, appears to be on schedule to receive clearance to rejoin the 49ers when the offseason program begins in April. Hurd spent his rookie season on injured reserve due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

“For it to completely heal, it happens on different timelines,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “We found that his has been stubborn. We think he’s been nearing towards a much better place where he’ll be cleared for all activities.

“(We) don’t want to officially give that word, but there have been some recent scans and things that give us a lot of hope that that’ll be the case, come April 1, he’ll be a full-go.”

Hurd was not around the team too much during his rookie season. He did not travel to Miami for Super Bowl LIV due to concerns about aggravating his back condition.

“I think there’s a little anxiety on his part that the long plane rides had set him off before and he worked so hard to try to get right, and kind of didn’t want that to enter the equation,” Lynch said.

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In order for Hurd's back to heal, the 49ers and Hurd felt it was best to keep him off his feet.  

“With his back stuff, he didn’t want to travel, didn’t want to be in the meetings and everything," head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "There wasn’t much to do. He had a stress fracture and it’s taking a long time to heal, so we wanted him to be as immobile as possible.”

Hurd (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) caught 69 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season at Baylor in 2018. He played his first three college seasons at Tennessee, where he rushed for 2,635 yards and 20 touchdowns as a running back.

Hurd appeared in the 49ers’ preseason opener last summer and caught two touchdown passes against the Dallas Cowboys before experiencing the back condition that sidelined him for the rest of the season.