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49ers rookie WR Taylor drawing early comparisons to Welker

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 19: Trent Taylor #5 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs celebrates a touchdown against the Arkansas State Red Wolves during the second quarter of the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 19, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

  • Rookie fifth-round wide receiver Trent Taylor is being compared to former slot standout WR Wes Welker by San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan because of his impressive ability to create separation in small spaces, reports Chris Wesseling of
  • Taylor led the NCAA in nearly every major slot category, receiving yards (3,839), receptions (294), touchdowns (29), targets (389), and routes (1,392) in the College PFF era (since 2014).
  • The former Louisiana Tech Bulldog had a threat percentage (the percentage of time a receiver is targeted when there is an aimed pass while the receiver is on the field) of 35 percent from the slot. The NCAA average in 2016 was 23 percent.

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