With Pick 142, the San Francisco 49ers drafted Appalachian State defensive end Ronald Blair.
Blair (6’2″, 285 lbs) is best suited to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense, but the 49ers will attempt to play him at defensive end in their 3-4 defense. Blair was an exceptional run-defender in college, but he played at a small school and is about 15 pounds lighter than he needs to be to play 3-4 defensive end. He will be a project until he bulks up.
With Pick 145, the 49ers drafted Georgia offensive tackle John Theus.
Theus most likely will be the 49ers’ swing tackle off the bench, meaning he can play both left and right tackle. He was a four-year starter in the SEC, which is impressive. But he put up just 19 reps on the bench at the Combine, so he’s not strong enough to contribute as a rookie. Like Blair, Theus is a project.
With Pick 174, the 49ers drafted Ole Miss offensive tackle Fahn Cooper.
Like Theus, Cooper was an effective starter in the SEC who put up just 19 reps on the bench at the Combine. It’s strange the Niners would spend back-to-back picks on tackles who must get stronger and probably won’t contribute in 2016. Seems like overkill. Maybe the 49ers plan on trading Joe Staley. If not, this pick makes no sense.