Brandon Aiyuk Let the 49ers Know How He Felt About Drafting a Receiver

Feb 7, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) during a press
Feb 7, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) during a press / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Francisco 49ers selected University of Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall with the No. 31 pick in the first round of Thursday night's NFL draft.

The selection of Pearsall only further accelerated rumors that the 49ers were open to trading one of their existing star wide receivers — Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

Aiyuk, who played with Pearsall at Arizona State where the rookie started his college career, sent a text to general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan, and made it clear where he stood on the draft choice.

"Fire pick, can't lie," Aiyuk reportedly texted, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Pearsall was incredibly productive during his time in college, where he caught 159 passes for 2,420 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also added 253 yards on the ground and five more scores.

Pearsall is another versatile receiver who can do a little bit of everything for the 49ers, and should fit seamlessly into Shanahan's offensive system in San Francisco.


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