With the 93rd pick in the NFL Draft, the 49ers selected running back Tyrion Davis-Price from LSU. San Francisco showed interest in running backs throughout the draft process and reached for a player they probably could have taken in round four or five.
One of the primary reasons Deebo Samuel was used so heavily out of the backfield over the second half of last season was the lack of explosion from the running backs, and this selection does little to help change that.
Davis-Price is a North-South runner who struggles with getting back to top speed if he needs to change direction. He is a slower version of Elijah Mitchell.
On a positive note, Davis-Price does not have a lot of mileage on his tires. He carried the ball only 379 times in three seasons at LSU, averaging 4.6 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns.
San Francisco is putting a lot of weight on Trey Lance’s shoulders, and it’s going to be on the first-year starter to create explosive plays for the 49er’s offense.
With the 105th pick in the NFL Draft, the 49ers gave Lance another weapon in the passing game, selecting wide receiver Danny Gray from SMU.
A junior college transfer, Gray played only 18 games for the Mustangs. Despite the lack of time at the FBS level, Gray showed continued growth, finishing with nine touchdowns in only ten games last season.
Best known for his speed, 4.3 in the forty-yard dash, Gray has shown the ability to make plays at all levels of the field.
If Gray can limit his drops, he will be an excellent fit alongside Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.