It’s a bit of a surprise to see such an active team ahead of the NFL Draft. In the past two days alone, the San Francisco 49ers have returned Wayne Gallman and defenders Arden Key and Maurice Hurst to the free agency.
Gallman joins the 49ers after being named a replacement for Saquon Barkley’s injury with the New York Giants a season ago. Clemson’s previous mid-round selection totaled nearly 800 yards with a clip of 4.7 yards per rush. He will join a stacked field that includes Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson.
As for the 49ers signings from Key and Hurst, both will provide valuable depth on the defensive front 7. The two were selected by the then Oakland Raiders in the 2018 NFL Draft and were surprise releases earlier this week. Hurst in particular is a great signing for the San Francisco 49ers. A season ago, he was among the top 11 central defenders in the pass rush rate.
As the NFL draft for 2021 approached and the 49ers neared a decision to change the franchise with the third election, we felt it made sense to consider three steps General Manager John Lynch and Co. could take after those three signings .