May 23, 2024

Former Florida Gators wide receiver Ricky Pearsall’s journey in the NFL Draft culminated in him being chosen in the first round. Pearsall, who previously played for the Florida Gators and had a notable rise during the pre-draft process, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 31 overall pick.

The 49ers’ decision to draft Pearsall adds another dynamic playmaker to head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, which is currently ranked second in the league. Pearsall joined the Gators in 2022 after three seasons with Arizona State in the Pac-12. In his debut season with the Gators, he made an immediate impact, recording 33 receptions for 661 yards and five touchdowns.

Former Florida Gators WR Ricky Pearsall Drafted in 1st Round

His sophomore season in 2023 saw even greater success, with 65 receptions for 965 yards and four touchdowns.

Pearsall showcased his skills at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, in January, where he and Michigan’s Roman Wilson were considered the top two receivers, and possibly offensive players, at the event.

His impressive performance continued at the NFL Combine, where he measured at 6’1″ and 189 pounds. Pearsall posted impressive numbers, including a 4.41-second forty-yard dash, a 42-inch vertical jump, and a 6.64-second three-cone drill. His vertical jump and three-cone drill results ranked second-best at the combine across all positions.

The 49ers’ decision to select Pearsall in the first round has sparked speculation that they may be considering trading disgruntled wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. With several wide receivers receiving lucrative contract extensions, such as A.J. Brown’s three-year, $96-million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, acquiring a talented receiver on a rookie contract has become a trend in the NFL Draft.

Pearsall was one of seven wide receivers chosen in the first round, and the Indianapolis Colts broke the streak by selecting edge rusher Laiatu Latu as the first defensive pick after 14 consecutive offensive players were chosen.

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