The San Francisco 49ers elected to draft a physical specimen at quarterback when they selected Trey Lance third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, now they may be looking to add a Canadian receiver with an similarly impressive build.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the team is bringing former B.C. Lions receiver Jevon Cottoy to the Bay area for a workout.
“Canadian WR/TE Jevon Cottoy is scheduled to work out for the 49ers next week, per source,” Pelissero tweeted. “He previously worked out for the Texans, Raiders, Patriots and Saints — significant interest in the six-foot-five, 230-pound Cottoy, who had 38 catches for the CFL’s B.C. Lions in 2019.”
During the 2019 CFL season, his rookie year in pro football, Cottoy made 38 receptions for 386 yards and one touchdown in 16 games as the Lions third Canadian receiver. He opted out of his contract following the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season to pursue NFL opportunities. If Cottoy doesn’t find employment, the Leos retain his rights for the 2021 and 2022 CFL seasons.
The Calgary native was the Prairie Football Conference’s Rookie of the Year with the Colts in 2014. His hometown University of Calgary Dinos brought him in, but a major knee injury — ACL and MCL tears — suffered in 2016 training camp caused him to be out of football for two years. During that time Cottoy pursued a career as a firefighter.
The British Columbia Football Conference’s Langley Rams convinced Cottoy to play again in 2018, he caught 39 passes for 657 yards and eight touchdowns in eight regular season games. During the playoffs, Langley played four post-season contests on the way to the Canadian Bowl, Cottoy hauled in 25 passes for 645 yards and eight majors in those outings.
That led to the Lions signing Cottoy as a territorial junior player in December 2018. The 24-year-old acclimated quickly to the pro level and would be asked to do the same if an NFL contract is offered.