ALL
QB
RB
WR
TE
WR  SF
Rec
61
Rec Yds
848
Rec TD
5
Rec Avg
13.9
Rush Att
12
Rush Yds
66
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
5.5
Aiyuk figures to see work on punt and kick returns, given his quickness, explosiveness and vision in the open field. The question is how many looks he'll see as a wideout. At 6-1, 206, he has decent size but only average long speed (4.50 40), though his vertical leap (40 inches) and broad jump (128 inches) were near the top of his class. Aiyuk is excellent after the catch, able to make defenders miss, and he finishes off plays like a running back. His fate will likely depend on his work before the catch, however - getting off the line of scrimmage and running strong routes. Luckily, he landed in an almost ideal setting - the Niners let Emmanuel Sanders go this offseason, leaving only Deebo Samuel ahead of Aiyuk on the receiver depth chart. Kendrick Bourne is still around in the slot, but Aiyuk could enter his rookie season as the team's top outside receiver if Samuel doesn't recover from June foot surgery in time for Week 1.
RB  LAR
Rush Att
147
Rush Yds
654
Rush TD
5
Rush Avg
4.4
Rec
46
Rec Yds
409
Rec TD
1
Rec Avg
8.9
Akers was essentially a one-man show in a moribund Florida State offense during his college career, but that experience may have prepared him well for a three-down role in the pros. A strong, compact runner at 5-10, 217, with the power to be an asset in short-yardage situations, Akers ran a 4.47 40 at the combine, showing he can be more than just a grinder. His good vision makes him dangerous in the open field, though he seems to prefer running through tacklers rather than slipping by them. Akers is also a capable receiver, catching 30 of 42 targets for 225 yards and four scores last season. With Todd Gurley off to Atlanta, Akers has an opportunity to make an immediate impact. A backfield committee wouldn't be surprising, though, with holdovers Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown also looking for touches. But of the trio, Akers' skill set makes him the most likely to secure a true lead role.
TE  NE
Rec
41
Rec Yds
422
Rec TD
3
Rec Avg
10.3
Rush Att
0
Rush Yds
0
Rush TD
0
Rush Avg
0.0
Minus Rob Gronkowski, the tight end position became largely an afterthought in the Patriots' passing game last season. As April's NFL Draft approached, the Patriots' tight end corps was down to Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. It's therefore no surprise that the team doubled-down with a pair of third-rounders, taking Asiasi 91st overall and then selecting Dalton Keene in the No. 101 slot. Both players have some long-term fantasy upside, but with a QB transition on tap in the wake of Tom Brady's departure, it may take some time for either to yield dividends. The 6-3, 257-pound Asiasi showed above-average athleticism at the combine, running a 4.73-second 40-yard dash on a dense frame. With LaCosse having opted out of the 2020 season, Asiasi will have to hold off competition from Keene for the team's starting tight end assignment in Week 1.
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