The San Francisco 49ers took Mike Davis and WR DeAndre Smelter in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Davis was the successor to RB Marcus Lattimore as he had a promising season in 2013. The 49ers drafted Lattimore in the 2013 NFL Draft, where he retired last fall due to the inability to recover from two torn ligaments.
In 2014, was 18 yards shy of becoming second in school history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Suffered through nagging injuries for much of the year and did not start in the season opener against Texas A&M. Had career-high 183 yards and 3 touchdowns against Kentucky. Named second-team All-SEC in 2013 finishing with 1,183 yards rushing (fourth most in school history). Had seven games with 100-plus yards rushing. In 2012, saw action late in the year after gruesome knee injury to then-starter Marcus Lattimore. Was U.S. Army All-American in high school. Younger brother of former Clemson running back James Davis.
Davis (5-9, 217 pounds) will join a mix of running backs in the post-Frank Gore era. This includes Carlos Hyde, Kendall Hunter, Jarryd Hayne and Kendall Gaskins. He ran for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, along with 70 receptions for 755 yards after filling in for Marcus Lattimore in 2012.
Smelter is a large 6-2, 226 pound wide receiver out of Georgia Tech. He is coming off a torn ACL which he suffered in November.
A three-sport star in high school, Smelter earned all-state honors in baseball, basketball and football, but decided his future was in baseball as a pitcher and didn’t play football his senior season in high school.
He was drafted in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and would have gone much earlier but teams knew of his commitment to playing collegiately at Georgia Tech. After multiple seasons of shoulder discomfort, Smelter realized his baseball career was over and returned to football in 2013, earning his way onto the field and flourishing.
It is tough to fully evaluate him considering the quarterback play and offense at Georgia Tech, but his natural athleticism and impressive skill-set makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in this class – the late-season ACL tear will knock him down draft boards, but he is still deserving of a draftable grade.
Smelter is capable of being a future No. 2 WR and could be a deep threat in the long term. He projects to be competing and playing in the 2016 season.