The 49ers are holding a workout for draft eligible players who went to college or grew up around the Bay Area and the group includes a player with a very familiar name.
Jerry Rice Jr. will be one of the 64 players at the team’s facility in Santa Clara on Friday. Like his father, Rice Jr. is a wide receiver but he is far less decorated than his old man. Rice Jr. walked on to the UCLA team in 2009 and caught nine passes in nine games during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He transferred to UNLV in 2013 and had 11 catches and a touchdown to close out his collegiate career.
Rice Jr. wasn’t invited to the combine and hasn’t generated buzz as an NFL prospect. It’s the second straight year that the Niners have extended an invite to the son of franchise royalty as Nate Montana had both a workout and rookie minicamp tryout with the team in 2013.
While Rice Jr. isn’t likely to hear his name called next month, there will be a few players at Friday’s workout who should be drafted fairly early. Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams and Stanford guard David Yankey are both part of that group.