49ers open Day 2 of the draft with ideal addition for Shanahan & Co.

Niners land Washington WR Dante Pettis after trading up to No. 44

Tommy Call
April 27, 2018 - 7:03 pm

Full disclosure, I’m a University of Washington Huskies fan. Some family went there so I’ve been going to games since I was kid. That being said, I watched every single game the 49ers second-round draft pick ever played.

If you’ve listened to anything I’ve said or written throughout the draft process this shouldn’t be much of surprise. With some bias, Dante Pettis was one of my favorite players in the entire draft. Let me explain.

Pettis is the perfect wide receiver for Kyle Shanahan. He will probably need to start out in the slot, but he showed versatility to play outside. Something Shanahan will also like is his route running, Pettis is a fine tuned route runner with great footwork. He has a the unique ability to create space when it’s not there.

Pettis is at his best with the ball in his hands. He is dynamic, elusive, craffy, smooth and really whatever else you want to call it. Pettis wasn’t able to run at the combine, but does have sneaky speed as well.

What I like most about Pettis landing in San Francisco is the fit for both sides. Shanahan gets a guy that does everything he seems to love in a receiver. And the fact that the 49ers traded up to get Pettis with guys like DJ Chark and Anthony Miller still on the board means Shanahan must’ve really really liked what he saw from Pettis, so why would you doubt the pick? Or say they reached on Pettis, like I mentioned yesterday at this point in their contracts John Lynch and Shanahan should be trusted without much hesitation.

Shanahan’s ability to draw up creative plays to get guys open underneath paired with Jimmy Garoppolo under center seems perfect for Pettis. No doubt Shanahan is already at the white board drawing up plays for to get the ball in Pettis’s hands. A player you can compare to Dante Pettis is his new teammate Pierre Garcon. Garcon has proven to be a great leader and now he can tutor Pettis.

Most importantly Dante Pettis is a dominant punt returner — see the section above about being a stud with the ball in his hands. Pettis broke the NCAA record for punt return touchdowns with nine in his college career. Do I need to say more? Everytime the punt formation trotted onto the field you felt like Pettis was going to return it. It reminded me of Steph Curry pulling up from the logo at Oracle Arena, so much anticipation he would make you were surprised when he didn’t not even realizing how tough the shot was he was originally taking.

The 49ers get an A for this pick — signed bias Washington Huskies football guy.

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