May 27, 2024

An opposing defensive coordinator is skeptical of the San Francisco 49ers’ first-round pick, former Florida Gators wide receiver Ricky Pearsall. Pearsall, who gained attention during the pre-draft process with strong performances at the Reese’s Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, was projected by many as a top-50 pick. However, the 49ers surprised some by selecting him with the No. 31 overall pick.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg surveyed 23 college coaches about the draft, revealing mixed opinions about Pearsall. While he was viewed as a potential sleeper pick, his selection by the 49ers was considered unusual by some. One opposing defensive coordinator expressed reservations about Pearsall’s route running and footwork, noting instances where he lacked precision in his routes.

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Despite criticism, Pearsall’s exceptional hands, impressive vertical leap of 42 inches, and agility demonstrated by his 6.64 3-cone time at the combine are undeniable assets. These qualities, along with his natural athleticism, suggest that route running issues can be addressed with coaching. Moreover, Pearsall’s strengths align with areas that are difficult to teach.

The doubts raised by the defensive coordinator notwithstanding, Pearsall is entering a favorable situation with the 49ers, known for their offensive prowess under head coach Kyle Shanahan. With his physical abilities and potential for improvement, Pearsall is poised to validate his high draft selection in San Francisco.

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