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.
N’Keal Harry - A Thread— Garret Price (@DynastyPrice) April 8, 2019
N’Keal Harry 6’2 228lbs is the closest thing we have to a consensus 1.01 in this class right now. He is a physical receiver that should have success at the next level. When you see elite hand-eye coordination like this 👇 it’s pretty easy to fall in love pic.twitter.com/xBlYE9e92e
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.
Deebo Samuel putting on a release clinic at the senior bowl practices.. sheeesh.. shade under 6’ weighing 216... this is impressive.. great feet.. has a plan.. and he can run.. definitely understands leverage.. who’s his receiver coach? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/eR44ym6yok— CrockTIME (@eric_crocker) January 24, 2019
Though he's under 6-foot, Samuel is a weapon in the red zone with his advanced footwork.
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.