If the San Francisco 49ers do end up trading Raheem Mostert, JaMycal Hasty could make some noise.
Some news came out of San Francisco on Wednesday, as 49ers running back Raheem Mostert has requested to be traded after months of talks to adjust Mostert’s contract. Mostert was crucial down the stretch for the San Francisco 49ers on their run to the Super Bowl.
If Mostert ends up getting traded, that would be two of the most productive backs from the 2019 season out of the building (Matt Breida was moved to Miami during the 2020 NFL Draft). This creates some touches to be filled as the page turns to 2020.
Yes, the running back room still has Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson, and Jerick McKinnon. But, Coleman and McKinnon have dealt with injuries in recent seasons, and we all know head coach Kyle Shanahan loves to have multiple running backs carry the load at times during the season.
JaMycal Hasty to the rescue?
This creates a need at running back. Luckily, the 49ers picked up a talented back as an undrafted free agent. Baylor’s JaMycal Hasty (a top 10 running back in 2020 to this writer) can be the player to step in and make some noise.
Hasty did appear at the Senior Bowl this past draft process down in Mobile and put together a solid week in drills.
Hasty didn’t have monster numbers in his career at Baylor, but the traits are there to be a productive change of pace back. First off, Hasty can scoot. He has great burst and long speed to rip off big runs, and is very sudden with his agility. Hasty can make defenders miss in space but also packs a punch.
Don’t forget his ability to affect the passing game. Baylor lined him up in the slot at times, and he shows crisp route-running skills and good hands.
When taking a look at the profile of other backs Shanahan has had, burst, ability in the passing game, and quickness are all present. JaMycal Hasty has all those traits and could fall into favor with Shanahan once training camp rolls around. Time will tell, but don’t be surprised.