The San Francisco 49ers
are in Mobile, Alabama this week to scout players at the Senior Bowl, hoping to find a few players that can help them make a playoff push next season.
After Jimmy Garoppolo, who was acquired at the trade deadline, led the team to five consecutive wins to end the season, the San Francisco 49ers
odds for next season have them as a favorite to make the playoffs in the NFC.
With Carlos Hyde
becoming a free agent in 2018, the 49ers will be scouting a few running backs at the Senior Bowl.
Some of the players the team will likely be looking at include:
Rashaad Penny - Running Back, San Diego State
Penny fits head coach Kyle Shanahan’s one cut and go style, and had a very impressive season last year, rushing for 2,248 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns. Penny rushed for over 200 yards in six games, and failed to reach 100 yards in only two games this season.
The only problem with Penny is that he isn’t a good pass blocker, which is something the team is looking for in their running backs.
Akrum Wadley - Running Back, Iowa
Continuing the trend of running backs, the 49ers will also be taking a good look at Wadley, who isn’t as explosive as Penny, but has a good combination of power, speed, and size. Wadley is also a great pass catcher and had 64 catches in the last two seasons.
Jaylen Samuels - Running Back, NC State
Samuels is a very interesting prospect because he did a little bit of everything while he was in college. Samuels was a hybrid running back and tight end, and finished his career as NC State’s all-time leader in receptions.
Samuels also lined up in the back field and even though he was never the feature back, he averaged 6.1 yards per carry for the Wolfpack.
James Washington - Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
Even though there isn’t a lot of depth at the wide receiver position in the current draft, there are still a few talented receivers that are expected to go in the early rounds of the draft.
Washington is one of those receivers, and could be a big piece for the 49ers, who are in need of a deep threat. The speedy receiver should be able to take the top off defenses, and he is also great after the catch, and averaged 20.9 yards per reception during the season.
Uchenna Nwosu - Linebacker, USC
Nwosu played both inside and outside linebacker positions while he was at USC, and will likely be used as a strong side linebacker if he is selected by the 49ers. The 49ers could definitely use another pass rusher after Nwosu finished the season with 9.5 sacks last season.
Dallas Goedert, Tight End, San Diego State
Goedert is considered one of the best tight end prospects in the draft, and even though the position isn’t a priority for the 49ers at the moment, he is expected to get some attention from the team’s coaching staff because he is a very athletic prospect that could be useful in the red zone.