49ers draft DE Kentavius Street in Round 4

North Carolina State defensive lineman Kentavius Street runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

With the 28th selection in Round 4, the 49ers took a defensive end who tore his ACL on April 4 — Kentavius Street from North Carolina State. He almost certainly won’t play in 2018.

Did Trent Baalke make this pick?

Before tearing his ACL, Street was a 280-pound base end who specialized in stopping the run. He was not a pass rusher. He recorded just 9.5 sacks in four collegiate seasons.

When he returns from his injury, if he returns, what will he be? He may never play again.

And even if he were healthy, the 49ers wouldn’t need him. They already have base ends. They need pass rushers.

GRADE: F.

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  1. Armstead hits the Street in 2019 and is replaced by Kentavius.

    Give me Tremon Smith, CB, Central Arkansas in the 5th.

      1. Former all-state, quarterback with a feel for the quarterback’s intentions
        Highly competitive and confident
        Uses well-timed jabs from press to disrupt receiver’s release
        Quick backpedal to match early stages of route
        Exceptional long speed carrying a 4.3 40-yard dash time to his name
        Matches deep route and gets head around early to find ball flight
        Baseball background shows up with ball tracking and high-pointing
        Believes every football is his
        Quick to crowd the catch with good burst to close on throws
        Outstanding ball production with 53 career passes defensed and 15 interceptions
        Utilizes half-man coverage approach for greater access into passing lane to disrupt throws
        Offers punt return potential that could raise his stock a round
        Not a heavy hitter, but a willing tackler with adequate toughness in run support.

  2. Q wick observation I have, no rb’s taken, I think this means joe Williams is developing well! He and McKinnon will make some noise this year!

  3. D.J. Reed, CB, KSU

    Short but here’s his file:

    Has history of high-end ball production at every stop dating back to high school
    Known as a hard worker on field and off
    Extremely confident
    Plays with a chip on his shoulder in coverage
    Feet to shadow and squeeze underneath routes
    Fluid hips allow for easy swivels to open or recover
    Gets to top gear quickly
    Makeup speed to chase down strays
    Plays as long as he can
    Stretches to disrupt the catch point
    Plus timing and hand-eye coordination
    Tenacious tackler
    Solo tackler who can do his own dirty work
    Gifted return specialist
    Handles punts and kicks with fearlessness
    Has foot quickness to elude tacklers and speed race around the corner
    Open field vision like a running back helps him to weave free of danger

  4. Have to admit, I don’t like anything that reminds me of Baalke. And this pick sure does. IMO the 49ers aren’t in position to redshirt guys, especially when there is a poor history of injured picks making it back all the way after an injury like this.

  5. Street is a very good all around D lineman. He is not great at any thing but he is good at everything. Players come back from ACL’s all the time but the 9ers record in drafting players coming back from ACL injuries is not very good, hopefully he will change our luck. What I like about this draft is Lynch is taking the long view he is not drafting to win next season but to win for the next 10 seasons. imho

  6. April 28, 2018 at 11:05 am
    4th downs are important too. Pettis is the one guy on the roster who can take it to the house…Got tired of the little midget on punt returns…I will say one thing. He was a step above Baalke’s special teamers in that he Trent Taylor could catch a punt.

    An added bonus. In 4 WR packages we have two players who can actually play the slot and the one just drafted can take those passes from the slot further than Taylor did last year—-Garoppolo just got an explosive weapon from the inside—choose your double team wisely this year LA Rams.

    FYI: Bill Walsh had Dana McLemore and John Taylor returning punts. Now we have a threat
    taylor highlights
    https://vimeo.com/14533761

  7. Kentavius will do what Armstrong was supposed to do, stop the run, and Kentavius won’t be blasted out of the hole like Armstrong.

    In a perfect world, Kentavius would have been our 1st rounder and Armstrong our 4th rounder.

  8. His 2017 season was even better, and though Reed missed a couple games mid-season due to injury, he started 11 games and was a primary return threat with Byron Pringle. After his stellar 2016 season, he got targeted far less often by opposing QB’s, but he still managed 47 tackles and four interceptions, and was ranked as one of the five-best CB’s in multiple metrics by Pro Football Focus. He became a significant threat on returns, taking both a punt and a kickoff back for a touchdown, joining some dude name Terance Newman to perform such a feat in one season. For his efforts, he was again name First Team All-Big 12 as a defensive back by the coaches and the Associated Press, while also earning the same honors as a returner from the coaches. He also earned All-American honors, being named to the Second Team as a CB by Pro Football Focus and Second Team as a returner by Walter Camp and the Football Writers Association of America.

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