49ers select WR Jalen Hurd at No. 67
The San Francisco 49ers managed to address a major need on defense on the first day of the 2019 NFL Draft. They now hope to fill their void on offense by taking Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd with the 67th overall pick, via NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport:
The #49ers select Baylor WR Jalen Hurd, who is a former RB. A fun chess piece in SF.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2019
The decision to take Hurd is representative of what San Francisco had in mind for the second day of the draft. The 49ers kicked things off by taking arguably the best edge rusher in the draft in Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, however, they committed their latest resources to help beef up their receiving corps.
It is no secret that the 49ers were in desperate need of some more firepower on offense outside of tight end George Kittle. Fortunately, they have now managed to shore up some serious depth at the receiver position this offseason. They used their 36th overall pick to take wide receiver Deebo Samuel as well. It is safe to assume there will be plenty of competition for reps with the arrival of Samuel and Hurd.
Hurd was certainly one of the more intriguing wide receiver prospects in the draft. He had formerly been a running back at Tennessee before transferring to Baylor and making the switch to wideout. He is touted as the most physical receiver in his class thanks to his running back pedigree and 6-foot-5, 226-pound frame. Hurd’s versatile skill set should make it easy for head coach Kyle Shanahan to utilize on offense.