placeholder image

Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Who’s the closest WR to the 49ers’ Deebo Samuel in the 2022 NFL Draft?

Rohan Chakravarthi
Apr 22, 2022 at 9:15 AM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
There has been a ton of uncertainty regarding the San Francisco 49ers and Deebo Samuel after the receiver reportedly requested a trade, with mass media providing a number of unverified reasons as to why the trade requested occurred.

If Samuel does indeed reach the trade market, he'll assuredly be a hot commodity, as many NFL teams are looking for their own version of Samuel, the do-it-all wideout, and could have the opportunity to obtain the known commodity.

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah held a pre-draft conference call, where he was asked about the most Deebo-esque receiver in the draft, where he gave an interesting response about the receiver most compare to Samuel in this upcoming draft.

"I feel like every year everybody tries to find the next Deebo and it doesn't exist. He's a unicorn. So it's been hard to pull that off," Jeremiah said. "So if you're asking me in the first round, I don't think there is anybody up there. I really like Treylon Burks. He's a stud. He reminds me more of AJ Brown probably more than Deebo. Maybe like Deebo from the standpoint you can put him in the backfield and pitch him the ball and do some of those things, but kind of a different urgency to him. I think Deebo had a little more explosiveness initially, suddenness we say, and I'd say there's a little more buildup there with Treylon Burks. But I think the versatility to play in a couple different spots exists."

Instead, Jeremiah believes another lesser-hyped receiver could be the most similar to Samuel in this draft: Tennessee's Velus Jones, who ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine.

"To me the most Deebo-like player, and it would definitely be Deebo-like, he's not the same talent, but Velus Jones from Tennessee is kind of that guy that's really, really sturdy and strong and explosive, like real, real, real fast, somebody on jet sweeps, you see it in the kick return game with him, as well. Just get him the ball and let him go. He would be kind of that guy. Where he goes in the draft, he's a little bit older, but he ran 4.31. I think he probably goes in that third-round range, but he's kind of the most Deebo-like player in this draft."

Jeremiah's comparison is certainly intriguing, given that Jones is smaller than Samuel at 6'0, 205-pounds, and that the 49ers actually brought Jones in for a pre-draft visit recently, after they reportedly knew about Samuel's trade request.

Jones broke out in 2021, catching 62 passes for 807 yards and seven touchdowns, while also returning 24 kickoffs for 628 yards and a touchdown, as well as 18 punts for 272 yards.

Jones, who transferred from USC to Tennessee following two seasons with a lack of playing time, was primarily a return specialist prior to utilizing his blazing speed as a receiver this past season, making him somewhat of an unknown quantity in the draft, given the unsustained production.

However, if the 49ers do indeed move Deebo Samuel by the draft, Jeremiah's suggestion could become a reality as Jones's draft range is a late Day 2/early Day 3 pick.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

Deebo Samuel and Brock Purdy are why the 49ers can afford to pay Brandon Aiyuk

By David Bonilla
Apr 10

It's evident that the San Francisco 49ers engaged in long-term financial planning. Much discussion has centered around the feasibility of the team committing significant financial resources to two wide receivers, Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel. Some skeptics question the wisdom of such heavy investment in a single position, especially considering that the 49ers handed Samuel a substantial three-year extension merely two years ago. Adding complexity to this debate is the impending contract extension for quarterback Brock Purdy, positioning him to become the highest-paid player on the team. He will likely even become one of the NFL's highest-paid players. Where he ranks in average salary will depend upon whether he can replicate the stellar performance of his Pro Bowl 2023

placeholder image

49ers Scorecard: Offseason Moves Ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft

By David Bonilla
Apr 8

We are now nearly two months removed from the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl 58 defeat. The NFL Scouting Combine and the bulk of free agency are in the books. Before we look forward to the NFL Draft, it is important to reflect on the moves that have already occurred. They will provide a better picture of the team's remaining needs heading into the annual rookie selection event. To review a complete list of the 49ers' offseason moves thus far, you can visit our 2024 free agency tracker. Key Departures The most significant departure was Arik Armstead. The defensive tackle's high salary-cap figure and his recent injury history prompted the

placeholder image

Latest mock draft suggests 49ers upgrade right tackle spot

By David Bonilla
Apr 8

NFL Media's Adam Rank has thrown his hat into the mock draft ring. However, there's a slight twist. Rather than projecting what NFL teams will do in Round 1, he's sharing what he believes they should do in Round 1. For the San Francisco 49ers at No. 31 overall, Rank suggests general manager John Lynch should focus on upgrading the offensive line. Specifically, he recommends finding a replacement for Colton McKivitz at right tackle. Rank proposes that the 49ers use their first-round pick on former Oklahoma tackle Tyler Guyton. "Last season, Colton McKivitz gave up nine sacks -- tied for fourth-most in the NFL, per PFF," Rank

placeholder image

49ers add edge rusher in latest mock draft

By David Bonilla
Apr 9

NFL Network host Rhett Lewis released his first mock draft of the year on What does he project the San Francisco 49ers doing with the No. 31 overall pick? Lewis has the team acquiring some edge-rushing help, bolstering a group that already includes Nick Bosa and newly signed Leonard Floyd. The host has the 49ers selecting former Penn State edge rusher Chop Robinson. According to Sports Reference, Robinson registered 41 tackles, including 17.5 for a loss, 9.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and three forced fumbles in two


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone