49ers draft SMU WR Danny Gray at 105

The 49ers close out the third round of the 2022 draft by selecting SMU wide received Danny Gray with pick 105.


Two-year starter on the FBS level with athleticism and play speed to project a continuing ascent at the next level. Gray stepped into a top playmaking role for SMU in 2021 and showed an ability to work all three levels of the field. His long, gliding strides separate from coverage on attack-oriented routes but he has the bend and agility to become a quality target working underneath. He needs to get a little stronger and limit the focus drops, but Gray has an inside/outside skill set with intriguing upside as a future WR3 with more work.


  • Explosive and loose-limbed with three-level ability.
  • Sinks into soft spots of zone, making himself presentable.
  • Bends and swipes for quick slip of press.
  • Routes filled with athletic movements.
  • Long, fluid strider in space.
  • Maintains speed through turns and route stems.
  • Relentless hand fighting as needed inside the route.
  • Gains late separation to haul in contested deep throws.
  • Plus catch-and-run talent.
  • Makes effort to find positioning as blocker.
  • Kick and punt return ability.


  • Below-average wingspan for NFL wideout.
  • Needs additional play strength to battle bully corners.
  • Disoriented finding football against physical coverage.
  • Drifts through stems, allowing coverage to drive and contest.
  • Focus drops pop up on in-breaking routes.
  • Dropped would-be touchdowns passes in 2020 and 2021.
  • Inconsistent vertical push on intermediate patterns.

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