Coby Fleener just ran an unofficial 4.45 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and emerged as the Niners’ no-brainer first round pick if he’s still available for them in the upcoming NFL draft.
To compare, Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots super tight end, ran a 4.65 at his Pro Day, and the Saint’s super tight end Jimmy Graham ran a 4.53 at his Combine. There are very few six-foot six-inch people who can run a 4.4.
The Niners should not draft for need and take a right guard in the first round. That would be the mistake. The Niners need another skill position play maker to help improve the whole offense on third down and in the red zone first and foremost. That’s Fleener.
Fleener’s a really good player and he played for Harbaugh. He knows the Niners’ system and he could play right away.
Draft Fleener in the first round and a guard in the second round. That’s what the Niners should do.
Here are three guards the Niners could draft in the second round:
Amini Silatolu (6-3, 324 lbs., Midwestern State), Kevin Zeitler (6-4, 315 lbs., Wisconsin), and Kelechi Osemele (6-6, 347 lbs., Iowa State).