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San Francisco 49ers Draft Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor

Posted Apr 29, 2017

The 49ers added to their offensive weaponry in the fifth round with a Louisiana Tech slot receiver.

With the 177th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers have selected Louisiana Tech wide receiver Trent Taylor.

“It was an insane moment getting the call," Taylor said. "No doubt. My heart dropped. It was a cool moment. The pre-draft process, I didn’t talk to the 49ers too much. I just talked to them I think at the combine, maybe at the Senior Bowl, but no private workout or anything like that. So, I guess they knew what they liked in me and they didn’t need to do any of that. So, I’m happy to be a 49er, 100-percent. I’m ready to go to work.”

Taylor is a 5-foot-8 wideout who excels in the slot. He had a monster 2016 campaign with 136 receptions for 1,803 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 49ers may have also found their new punt returner. Taylor averaged 10.5 yards per punt return for the Bulldogs last season.

"Has necessary toughness to work over the middle Explodes upfield after the catch and has enough wiggle to shake initial tackler," reads his NFL.com draft profile. "Willing to drop his shoulder and lay into cornerbacks who want to challenge him. Prolific pass catcher with an abundance of confidence."

More to come on San Francisco's newest pass-catcher.

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