The San Francisco 49ers did not draft a wide receiver in the 2021 draft NFL. The team had selected at least a wide range in each of the previous 19 drafts dating back to 2002. This strip is dead.

Most assumed the 49ers might have added a receiver this year, potentially strengthening the depth behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. One of the receivers from San Francisco̵

7;s draft class from 2019, Jalen Hurd, has yet to step onto the field for a regular season game and lands on injured reserve in each of the last two seasons. He suffered an ACL injury during training camp last year.

General manager John Lynch spoke to reporters after the 49ers made their eighth and final draft pick and delivered an update on Hurd.

“Jalen’s rehabilitation is going well,” Lynch shared. “We’re eager to get him back here because he’s washed up away. But we check in regularly and he’s doing a good job with his rehabilitation, so we’m happy about that.

“I think Jalen has always been a hard worker and just had some luck with those things. He will continue to work hard and we think he will be ready to go.”

Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan admitted that the team’s accident with injuries changed his draft strategy this year. They place more emphasis on health, and the duo were less likely to seek value from players who might have seen their draft stock fall due to injuries.

Lynch also provided an update on swing tackle Shon Coleman, who opted out of last season due to COVID concerns. Coleman missed the 2019 season after suffering a broken fibula and ankle injury.

“He’s been here a lot out of season and he looks really good,” Lynch said, “right out in training, which we see when we get on the field. But Shon does a good job. We’m happy with that. . ”