The San Francisco 49ers have one of the NFL‘s best fullbacks in Bruce Miller, who has been one of the more reliable fullbacks in all of football and has paved the way for one of the league’s top runners in RB Frank Gore. But the team decided to spend a seventh-round selection on Oklahoma‘s Trey Millard to add some depth behind Miller.
Millard, a 6-foot-2, 247-pound tank, will likely serve as the backup to Miller for the time being and could eventually push Miller for the starting job, which could eventually lead to Miller’s release.
Millard is the jack-of-all-trades in that he can do a little bit of everything for a team. His ability to play fullback, be a very good contributor on special teams and quite possibly serve as a short-yardage back gives the team flexibility to use the former Sooner.
Millard is one of this class’ best lead blockers from the fullback position and is a true “thumper” as a lead blocker. He’s a rock solid young man and will push as hard as he can to get any and all extra yards that he can when carrying the football. He also was a solid special teams player in college and has an incredible football mind that really allows him to see the game well from the fullback position.
Millard is recovering from an ACL tear, however, and may not be ready to go full bore during his rookie season. But this is no problem for the 49ers as they tend to take players recovering from injuries to redshirt them for a season if they have some upside to them — see: Marcus Lattimore and Brandon Thomas. He is also incredibly tight when running in space and does not have the “elite” speed you look for from a runner.
As mentioned, Millard is recovering from an ACL tear, so he will not be ready to go this season in all reality. But his impact could be felt mid-to-late season, and he could serve as a valuable special teams player while he learns behind one of the league’s best FBs in Miller.