49ers don’t underestimate potential slot receiver Trent Taylor

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It might be a mistake to underestimate 49ers 5th round draft pick WR Trent Taylor from LA Tech.

With the 177th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected 5’8” 181 pound wide receiver Trent Taylor, a.k.a. Mighty Mouse, out of Louisiana Tech. Using a fifth round selection on him, the 49ers must see potential in Taylor and are not going to underestimate him based on his size. Taylor’s height, weight, arm length and hand size are in the bottom two percent of all NFL wide receivers, but don’t tell him that because he dominates regardless.


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Taylor is almost an oxymoron because he goes against all conventional thought for what an NFL receiver should look like, yet he still hauled in 136 catches last year alone, good for second best in the nation behind Zay Jones of East Carolina. Taylor caught everything that came his way with over an 80 percent catch rate on all targets and dropped only 3 percent of catchable passes, which was third lowest in the country, according to Pro Football Focus.


It’s easy to make the Wes Welker or Julian Edelman comparisons for Trent Taylor, but there is a lot of 49ers receiver Jeremy Kerley in his game. Taylor has no issues going over the middle and taking a hit to guarantee the team gets a first down. Even with Taylor’s high workload, he stayed healthy enough to get at least one reception in 41 straight games for the Bulldogs.


Taylor’s role for the 49ers will likely start out returning punts and possible kick offs, which is interesting because most returners don’t run a 4.63 at the combine. However, what Taylor doesn’t have in pure speed he makes up for in quickness. Taylor is in the top 90th percentile for the 3-cone, 20 yard shuttle and 60 yard shuttle, and his skill set and character make him a potential slot receiver that we should not underestimate.


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