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.
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.