The 49ers traded up to snag Aiyuk with the 25th pick in the first round. GM John Lynch said that they had Aiyuk and CeeDee Lamb “almost evenly matched” on their draft board, and would have been content to take him with the 13th overall pick had they gotten stuck earlier in the round. Aiyuk is a big YAC guy and was always projected to start from day one, but Deebo Samuel’s foot fracture will likely put more on Aiyuk’s plate early in the 2020 season. He’s being drafted as a WR5/WR6 but I have him ranked as a low-end WR4 who could finish as a WR3 or higher if things go sideways with Samuel’s recovery. It doesn’t hurt that Kevin Zatloukal’s WR Success Model gives Aiyuk a 56% chance of a top 36 finish within his first three seasons. According to the model, he has the third-best chances among this year’s rookie class.
Jan 03 · 2:58 PM EST