Sixty-plus college football players were at the San Francisco 49ers Santa Clara-based facility on Friday afternoon to take part in the organization’s local pro day.
None were as intriguing as Jerry Rice Jr.
The son of the 49ers Hall of Fame wideout, who caught passes at UCLA and UNLV the past four seasons, said he realized he’s attempting to take a different route to the NFL.
Jerry Rice was the 16th overall pick in the 1985 draft. His son will likely have to latch on as a free agent camp invite after the May 8-10 event in New York.
“I’m trying to get in the door, front door, side window, I’m trying to jump in there,” Jerry Rice Jr. said, adding that he trains with his dad and that they share precise route-running and dependable hands. “All I want is an opportunity, so that’s what I’m working for right now.”
Fresno State’s Davante Adams, a pass-catcher many expect to be picked within the first two rounds of the draft, was in attendance wearing a black hoody and Jordan-brand shoes but did not participate in drills.
With 49ers scouts looking on, players were pushed through 40-yard dashes, 10-yard split and shuttle drills while rain poured upon them.
Jim Harbaugh said that he enjoyed teasing Rice Jr. about not coming to Stanford when Harbaugh coached there; that Adams seemed like a “genuine” guy who had a “heck of a” college career; and that San Jose State’s David Fales is one of “the top five” quarterbacks available.
“I really felt this was the best local Pro Day we had in four years,” the coach said, “and it was a really good group.”