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49ers may consider drafting this Louisville running back

Apr 7, 2024 at 11:08 AM

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Tony Pauline of Sportskeeda recently reported that the San Francisco 49ers have a third-round grade on Louisville running back Isaac Guerendo and may consider selecting him as day two of the 2024 NFL Draft closes out.

Notably, Pauline deleted his social media post for unknown reasons, and it has yet to resurface. However, it can be viewed below.

The 49ers' running back room currently includes Christian McCaffrey, Elijah Mitchell, Jordan Mason, and the recently signed Patrick Taylor. San Francisco has drafted at least one running back in two of the last three years, with two coming in the third round (Ty Davis-Price in 2022, Trey Sermon in 2021).

Guerendo carried the football 132 times for 810 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, adding 22 receptions for 234 yards through 14 game appearances as a senior in 2023, per Sports Reference.

Before transferring to Louisville, Guerendo played four seasons at Wisconsin, where he amassed 582 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns on 99 carries, adding 20 receptions for 124 yards and a receiving touchdown.

"The transfer out of Wisconsin is an ascending running back prospect who was finally able to get enough carries to show what he's capable of," Lance Zierlein wrote in the player's scouting report. "Guerendo is built like a prototypical Badger runner, with a thick, well-proportioned frame. He was a much more decisive runner in 2023, but his cut-and-go burst is fairly average. He's not sudden but runs with appropriate elusiveness, using subtle side-steps to continue the run's downhill momentum. He can catch it out of the backfield and protect his quarterback, making him a suitable three-down backup."

At the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6'0" and 221-pound Guerendo posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.33 seconds, a vertical jump of 41.5 inches, a broad jump of 10 feet, 9 inches, a 6.94-second three-cone drill time, and a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.15 seconds.

Zierlein added, "Guerendo's size, skill set and demeanor are built for an NFL workload, and he could sneak into a bigger role in the future if he continues to progress."

For a comprehensive overview of all reported formal and informal meetings between the 49ers and prospective NFL rookies, visit our pre-draft tracker.

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place in Detroit, Michigan, from Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27.


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