The 49ers selected Jalen Hurd in the third round of the NFL Draft from Baylor, and he's expected to compete for a reserve role this season. It could be as a receiver or potentially tight end, though he also played running back at Tennessee before transferring to Baylor. He will likely be listed as a wide receiver in most Fantasy leagues, but his path to targets could be limited as a rookie. At receiver, he will play behind Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin and fellow rookie Deebo Samuel, but he will also compete with Jordan Matthews, Richie James, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor. And at tight end, he's definitely behind George Kittle. We don't recommend drafting Hurd in most seasonal leagues, and he's only worth a third-round pick in rookie-only drafts.
Hurd (knee) missed the majority of spring workouts, Grant Cohn of the Press Democrat reports. Hurd evidently remains in recovery from a December knee scope to address an injury he suffered in college. There hasn't been any definitive word on whether he'll be ready to go for the training camp next month. While the third-round pick is surely guaranteed a roster spot, at this point he could have a steep uphill battle to carve out a steady receiving role out of the gate behind Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin, Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne. It's still possible Hurd could end up being placed on the 49ers' preseason Physically Unable to Perform list, depending on the progress he's made by late July.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers plan to convert Hurd (knee) to a "move" tight end at some point in the future, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. That's pretty much the same thing Hurd's coach at Baylor, Matt Rhule, decided to do last season, when the 6-foot-5, 226-pounder was deployed as an oversized slot receiver. While the third-round pick might initially struggle to earn snaps on a 49ers tight-end depth chart already occupied by George Kittle, Garrett Celek and second-round rookie Kaden Smith, Hurd is a former five-star running back prospect who has the versatility to find the field at a number of different spots. The bigger concern for him is his recovery from December knee surgery, though there hasn't been any indication he's at risk of missing training camp.
The 49ers selected Hurd (knee) in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 67th overall. Hurd is one of the more interesting skill position prospects in this class, having started his career as a blue-chip running back at Tennessee before reinventing himself as a big slot receiver at Baylor. At 6-foot-4 6/8 and 226 pounds with good speed, Hurd is too big for slot corners and too quick for linebackers in coverage. San Francisco already nabbed South Carolina's Deebo Samuel in the second round, so Hurd will have his work cut out for him in terms of carving out a role as a rookie.
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|12||11/24||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
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|16||12/22||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|