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Round 2: 49ers trade up to take versatile receiver Dante Pettis

Wide receiver Dante Pettis says he likes taking on physical defenders

At the NFL scouting combine, Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis says coach Chris Petersen's "professional" program is good preparation for him to take the next step.
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At the NFL scouting combine, Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis says coach Chris Petersen's "professional" program is good preparation for him to take the next step.

The 49ers on Friday drafted Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis in the second round. The 49ers traded up from pick No. 59 to grab Washington's pick, No. 44, in the round. The 49ers received pick Nos. 44 and 142 (fifth round) for pick Nos. 59 and 74 (third round).

Who is he? Pettis is a taller – 6-1 – receiver who caught 22 touchdowns in the last two seasons for the Huskies. He's also the best punt returner in the draft having taken nine returns for touchdowns in the last four seasons, an NCAA career record. The 49ers spent one of their 30 pre-draft visits on Pettis, who caught passes from Jake Browning (Folsom High). His father, Gary, is a former Major League Baseball player who is a coach for the Houston Astros.

Where does he fit? The 49ers' top two spots at receiver belong to Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin while slot receiver Trent Taylor seemed to develop an instant connection with Jimmy Garoppolo. Kyle Shanahan said Pettis had traits of all three players, which means he might be able to fill in for any of them during games or if there are injuries. Shanahan also covets receivers who have a multitude of skills. Pettis likely will supplant Taylor as the team's top punt returner.

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