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49ers rookie reacts to the bottom of the 2022 draft

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Prior to April 28, 2022, a San Francisco 49ers draft pick was initially considered hot commodity on most draft boards.

Eventually, he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine, jumped on a 37-inch vertical jump in the same event, and matched and helped Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson with two first rounds prevent surpassing 100 yards in 2021 would raise Tariq Castro-Fields of Penn State on mock boards, right?

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Lance Zierlein was impressed with the overall athleticism. The nfl.com draft analyst listed him as a potential fourth-rounder in his review – he was “of an appealing height and qualities for a pressman” and was “tall, long and able to walk.”

Other than the 6-foot-1, the 197-pounder fell all the way to the 49ers in 221st place…making him the 43rd pick of the sixth round.

Was the beginner amazed at how far he fell? That was one of the questions raised during his first meeting with the Bay Area media on Thursday, May 12.

Castro-Fields experienced his draft-day disappointment after the first two days of drafting.

“It was hard to wait,” Castro-Fields told reporters. “I was surrounded by my family, my teammate KJ Hamler was coming down, I had a lot of people supporting me.”

But what is his answer now?

“I just use it for fuel,” Castro-Fields explained. “Life isn’t fair. You never really know. So I’m just going to use that as fuel and push myself forward. With the 49ers, I get another chance — a great organization. I’m blessed to be here. And I am in Cali. Life is good.”

Despite falling so low, former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan told The Athletic’s Matt Barrows that he likes the choices the 49ers made to get Castro-Fields, which Heavy be mentioned on 49ers. The former 49ers manager from 2005 to 2009 told Barrows Castro-Fields is “a hell of a choice”.

Again, Castro-Fields re-enters the league after facing off against Wilson (10th overall pick in the draft) and Olave (No. 11 overall).

However, he believes it wasn’t those two that he considers the best he faced. It was actually another first-round talent also going into the first round, which Castro-Fields said was the “best receiver” he was up against: his teammate Jahan Dotson, the 16th overall pick in the 22-draft.

“I think he was the best receiver in the country,” Castro-Fields said. “So when I had to compete against the O-State guys and people who are also good at their craft, I knew I was ready just because I was going against ‘Han’ in every practice session,” Castro-Fields said .

He also played at Penn State during a time when he witnessed: A 2019 breakout in which he broke personal bests on pass risers and tackles, followed by a truncated 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.

Castro-Fields hasn’t always had the opportunity to show off his top-flight athleticism for PSU. But he still leaves state college with a “unique” experience that now has him poised to act if he falls in the draft.

“Obviously you want things to get better. But I’ve grown a lot in all of these situations that have happened,” Castro-Fields said. “All the ups and downs ultimately made me a better person, a better teammate…this experience at Penn State was one of a kind. It’s unique in the brotherhood we created and the fellowship we had and all the connections I made.”

He also played at Penn State during a time when he witnessed: A 2019 breakout in which he broke personal bests on pass risers and tackles, followed by a truncated 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.

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