The 49ers are looking to reconstruct a wide receiving corps that has been largely ineffective over the years.
And while they didn't invest a high pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the first wideout off the board, Amari Cooper, endorsed who the 49ers brought in after the draft.
That is Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White, who has garnered attention early this offseason.
"Great athlete. Great route runner, and he's getting better," Cooper said, according to 49ers.com.
"He's always getting better, and he always wants to work. He's driven, and he can go out and make plays. I’m telling you, he can go out there and make plays,” Cooper emphasized.
Cooper starred at Alabama, grabbing most of the national headlines, but White was featured opposite him.
The less heralded of the two accrued 72 receptions for 1,038 receiving yards and eight touchdowns over his last two seasons, complementing the production by Cooper.
“We talk almost every day. That’s my boy,” White said of Cooper, who was drafted fourth overall by the nearby Oakland Raiders. “We tell each other what we did at practice and how we run routes. We still compete even now that we’re not on the same team. We still compete. I think that’s pretty cool.”
White, who blazed a 4.34-second 40-yard dash time at his pro day, yet went undrafted, explained why he chose to sign with the 49ers.
“I decided I didn’t want to do the money grab,” White said. “I made the best choice for my career. I don’t regret it at all. I love the facility, I love the program, I love the staff and I love the team.”
White flashed plenty in minicamp and OTAs, building the anticipation for his training camp and eventual preseason performance.
The 6-foot-0, 192-pound pass catcher is also helping himself by getting to know 49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a little better.
“He throws like no other,” White said of Kaepernick. “You watch his windup, and he just lets it go like a rocket. It’s challenging to catch but it makes you think faster. You just have to focus on the ball. It’s really a reflex with him.”
Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin are expected to start for the 49ers in 2015. But White will have a chance to make the 53-man roster, competing with players like Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, Jerome Simpson, Chuck Jacobs and Dres Anderson, among others.
And the rookie wideout likes his chances.
“The more versatile you are, the better chance you have to be on the field,” White said. “I like to try to take advantage of that because I’m an athlete. I can do a lot of things.”
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