The San Francisco 49ers and general manager John Lynch have been very busy during the 2017 NFL draft, executing their fifth trade in the past 3 days. 49ers receive running back Kapri Bibbs and a fifth round pick from Denver, and the Broncos will receive the 49ers fourth round pick in 2018. Given Lynch’s familiarity with the Broncos organization, he likely has faith that Bibbs will give Carlos Hyde help in the backfield.
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24 year old Kapri Bibbs is 5’11” and weighs 203 pounds. Originally from Illinois and transferring from junior college, he attended Colorado State University for a single season and broke single-season records for rushing yards (1,741), rushing touchdowns (31), total touchdowns (31) and points (186). Bibbs ranked sixth in the nation with 1,741 rushing yards and tied for number one in the country with 31 touchdowns for the Rams in 2013.
Bibbs signed as an undrafted-free agent with the Broncos in 2014 and bounced around their practice squad, seeing his most extensive action in 2016 in 12 games and totaling 29 attempts for 129 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He won Super Bowl 50 with the Broncos and his top NFL highlight came on a 69 yard run to the house against Oakland.
Despite signing Tim Hightower and DuJuan Harris, the 49ers are in need of running back depth. Carlos Hyde has yet to complete a season without missing significant time with injuries and it’s not unreasonable to characterize him as injury prone. With Hyde’s tendency for injury, Bibbs could end up playing a significant role in the 49ers offense in 2017. Hopefully for Bibbs and the 49ers, he will be able to make his mark on the NFL in San Francisco. If not, maybe he can fall back on his career as a rapper: