From the perspective of on-field achievements, you can’t argue with this pick.
Reuben Foster may be the next Patrick Willis. And the 49ers got Foster at the end of Round 1. Traded pick Nos. 34 and 111 to the Seattle Seahawks to take him with pick No. 31.
Experts considered Foster a top-five pick just last week. But on April 20, Foster told the NFL Network he failed a substance-abuse drug test at the Scouting Combine. That’s why he fell so far down the draft board.
Foster comes to the 49ers with one strike against him. From now on, he will take frequent random drug tests and, if he fails a second one, the NFL will suspend him for at least four games.
Now, the Niners have two key players in the league’s drug testing protocol — Foster and Aaron Lynch, who failed a drug test last year and seems to lack self control. Does Foster lack self control, too? We will find out. These two may need shrinks and therapy.
This is a risky pick.