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49ers welcome ‘YAC King’ for pre-draft visit

Mar 22, 2024 #49ers, #YAC King'

The San Francisco 49ers will welcome former Western Kentucky wide receiver Malachi Coley for a pre-draft visit, according to Josh Edwards of CBS Sports. That’s not the only wideout the Niners plan to visit. Another is a famous name.

Brenden Rice of the University of Southern California, Rice, has completed a visit to San Francisco, according to Justin Melo. The rice is native to my area of Chandler, Arizona. I remember coaching against him in high school and writing a scouting report on him.

On the second play of the game against us, he took a screen pass and scored a touchdown. It’s a good time. If you look at his big NFL Draft board from Sports Info Solutions, you’ll see Rice at No. 15 WR and Coley at No. 16 WR. Both are 96th and 100th overall, suggesting the 49ers are interested in acquiring the wideout with a third-round pick, similar to how they took Danny Gray a few years ago.

There is. Rice is 6-foot-1 and weighs 200 pounds, but he’s not as physical as you’d expect from a player his size. He knows how to get into position, but separation is an issue, and although Rice ran 4.5 40-yard dashes, a lack of second gear will cause him to be late in the third day. Corey is dynamic with the ball in his hands.

He is a playmaker who is not attacked by first defenders. Corey, the self-proclaimed “Yak King,” averaged nine yards per reception after the catch and was drafted No. 2. Corey’s problems start before he even has the ball. Western Kentucky effectively used him as a slot receiver. Don’t confuse Corey with a player who catches the ball cleanly. And his usage suggested he wasn’t a skilled route runner.

But when it comes to receivers at the end of the third round, their resumes will definitely have some holes. The takeaway from these visits is that a third-round wide receiver could be on the horizon.

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