Until the new league season begins, there are likely going to be some minor roster movements to begin building toward a 90-man off-season roster. One position that will certainly require some attention before contract extensions or free agency gets underway will be the wide receiver position.
Chris Ballard continued addressing some of the uncertainty at the position by bringing in DeAndre Smelter, a former fourth round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2015 NFL Draft.
We have signed WR DeAndre Smelter to a reserve/future contract: https://t.co/TrJaYMbWMm pic.twitter.com/viN4cHVW4D— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 18, 2018
Smelter has had an interesting sports path that led to him getting drafted to play Major League Baseball coming out of high school. He chose to go to Georgia Tech and served in a pitching rotation for a couple of years until shoulder issues forced him to turn to football. He is 6’2”, 227 lbs and showed some promise at Georgia Tech until he tore his ACL late in his senior season.
He has not made much of an impact in San Francisco and has only been involved in a couple of games over the last three seasons. Still, he is a tremendous athlete and has nice size as a receiving prospect so there is no harm in bringing him in for a look. After all, the 49ers haven’t exactly been a bastion of quarterback talent and haven’t been known for a lights out passing game during his stay in the bay area.