49ers Select Brandon Aiyuk With No. 25 pick in NFL Draft

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The 49ers selected WR Brandon Aiyuk with the No. 25 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Hailing from the Silver State, Aiyuk went to school at Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada. Showing versatility, Aiyuk lined up as a wide receiver, played defensive back and returned kicks for the Lancers. He capped his senior year with first team All-Northern Nevada honors and earned an All-State honorable mention.

After two productive seasons at Arizona State, Aiyuk was recognized as one of the most talented wide receivers heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for him, he was up against a “Big Four” group of receivers that included Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs III and Justin Jefferson.

A nice-sized target at 6-foot-1 and 206-pounds, Aiyuk spent two years at Sierra Junior College before transferring to Arizona State in 2018. He had a breakout year for the Sun Devils in 2019, as he racked up 1,192 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Bovada set the over/under on his draft position at 32.5 with (-140) juice on the OVER and (+100) as the UNDER price.

Aiyuk was also one of the top NCAA kick returners in 2019, averaging 31.9 yards per kickoff return and 16.1 yards on punts. He was named to the Pac-12’s all-conference First-Team as a receiver as well as earning First-Team honors as a returner. That made him the only player in the conference to earn First-Team honors in multiple phases of the game.

Here’s why SI’s Kevin Hanson ranked Aiyuk as the No. 36 overall player on his big board:

With N’Keal Harry moving on to the NFL this past season, Aiyuk broke out for the Sun Devils with 1,192 yards (18.3 Y/R) and eight touchdowns in 2019. Dangerous in the open field, he has the ability to turn a short pass into a big play at any time.

2019 stats (Senior; Arizona State): 1,192 receiving yards, 8 TD, 1 punt return TD (12 games)

2018 stats (Junior; Arizona State): 474 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns (13 games)

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