The 49ers went to their defensive line and receiving corps with their first two picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
With his third selection, San Francisco continued to strengthen his pbad attack with another wide physical receiver and hard charge.
The 49ers selected Jalen Hurd of Baylor with the No. 67 overall pick in Friday's draft, the third pick in the third round.
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The selection was announced by former 49ers receiver Terrell Owens.
Here is the full breakdown on Hurd:
Position: The wide receiver
Selection:Third round (No. 67 in general)
Hurd began his career in Tennessee as a runner. He led Tennessee in the race as a true Fresham, winning 899 yars and five touchdowns in 190 career attempts. He was the second All-SEC team when he was a sophomore, after winning 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns.
As a junior, he asked to change position to receiver to bear less punishment on his body. He ended up transferring to Baylor, where last season he caught 69 pbades for 946 yards and four touchdowns.
"He's still learning the nuances of the position, but he has outstanding traits, a great work ethic and the ability to improve much more quickly," wrote badyst Lance Zierlein in his scouting report at NFL.com. "Although Hurd will be an NFL receiver, he offers a unique option of becoming a short distance player near the goal line." His best days are in front of him.
He has great potential to improve as a road racer because he is very new in the position.
Hurd gives 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo a big goal in the red zone. The 49ers fought hard in the red zone, and Hurd gives them the body of a basketball player to win in the disputed pbades. But coach Kyle Shanahan likes Hurd because of the potential he sees as a road racer to be a legitimate threat anywhere on the field.
In fact, Shanahan sees Hurd as more than just an open receiver. Hurd can line up in the field or almost anywhere in the formation. The 49ers want Hurd to reach his ideal weight to play, and Shanahan will find places to use him on offense.
The addition of Hurd, along with the second-round selection Deebo Samuel, means that it will be a strong competition to win a spot on the list. Hurd and Samuel join a wide group of receivers that also includes Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Jordan Matthews and Richie James.
What they are saying
"He can do everything, I think if he had stayed in the corridor, I think he would have been recruited as an NFL running back, and today he was recruited as a catcher, more or less, I think if he tried to play in the wing I would have been recruited as an NFL tight end, that's something quite unique, I do not know if I can say that about any player I've studied before. " The 49ers train Kyle Shanahan about Hurd's versatility.
"When you have a certain size for yourself and you have very good hands, you do not have to be as open as other people, but we like people who can do both, he has played as a receiver for a year, he has the ability to continue to get more. Separation skills, but you can cut, and especially with your size and your hands, it's good enough to go out and beat the backs and corners of nickel. " Shanahan in Hurd's room to improve his receiver skills.
"I think it's the details on the route, my hand, I had some huge falls last season, but not many, the hands are more or less there, I think the most important thing is the route and the details on the offensive route. of the 49ers " – Hurd in what you need to improve as a receiver.
"These were the objectives, and it worked, so we're very excited about that," The 49ers general manager, John Lynch, added Samuel and Hurd in the second and third rounds.