The San Francisco 49ers may have signed their starting right tackle.
Today the team announced that they have signed offensive lineman Colton McKivitz to a two-year extension which runs through the 2024 season. He was set to be a restricted free agent.
McKivitz was originally selected by the 49ers in the fifth round, 153rd overall, of the 2020 NFL draft. Over the last three years McKivitz has appeared in 28 games. The former West Virginia standout has made five starts with the team, most notably when he stepped in for an injured Trent Williams on the road against Los Angeles. With a playoff berth on the line in the final week of the season, McKivitz played well enough to help the 49ers overcome a 17-point deficit to secure a playoff berth.
Over the course of his three seasons with the team, McKivitz has also played in five postseason contests for San Francisco.
McKivitz attended West Virginia University where he appeared in 50 games, including 47 starts, over his five-year collegiate career. As a senior in 2019, McKivitz was named the Big 12 Conference Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year.
After spending his first three seasons playing tackle and guard, McKivitz could be in line to replace Mike McGlinchey as the starting right tackle. McGlinchey is a pending free agent and his price tag is expected to be too high for the 49ers liking.
Comp picks become official.
The NFL officially awarded compensatory pick today. The 49ers came away with a total of seven, enough for a full draft class.
San Francisco received three picks in the third round. These were the result of developing minority coaches and front office staff. Robert Saleh, Mike McDaniels, and DeMeco Ryans have taken head coaching positions while Martin Mayhew and Ran Carthon have been hired as general managers over the last few offseasons.
In addition to the third-round selections, San Francisco also received a pick in round five, round six, and two in round seven.
The compensatory picks bring the 49ers total to 11 for the 2023 NFL draft.
49ers 2023 Draft picks:
3rd round: #99, #101, #102
5th round: #157, #173
6th round: #216
7th round: #224, #249, #253, #255
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Good re-sign. McKivitz is a solid Tackle with the ability to get better. He and Jaylen Moore could put up a strong competition in TC.
is there a projected optimal position for McKivitz? I understand he can play Tackle if needed but I’ve always seen him as a natural Guard at the NFL level. He may be a replacement for McGlinchey but might he also be a replacement for Burford?
While PFF isn’t the end all be all of info it’s one bit of info for comparison.
McGlinchey – 71.5 (1036 snaps in 2022)
McKivitz – 69.3 (only 68 snaps in 2022)
Jaylon Moore – 66.3 (184 snaps in 2022)
I wouldn’t pencil in these guys as bona fide starters right now. But I think they’ve show that there’s something to work with. Hopefully the can be coached up and improve with more reps?
I think McKivitz is the odds on favorite to be next years starting RT but it would not surprise me if they signed a FA RT during the second week of free agency. A player who thought he might sign for more but is passed over giving the 9ers a chance to sign him cheap. I also think they will draft a RT in the third round, setting up a great competition during camp as well as beginning to look for Williams eventual replacement. imho
I’m with you on McKivitz as the favorite to start in September.
I almost forgot how good of an athlete Colton is.
According to the 49ers.com bio on McKivitz, the guy was a HS basketball starter as well as playing LT and then RT at West Virginia. Colton also gathered a lot of college honors as a high ranking Olineman.
If Jaylon Moore is going to beat out McKivitz for the RT starting job, he better bring his A+ game to TC.
No Tommy John for Purdy
Good news on Purdy. I’m betting that Lance will start the first 2 games minimum. Then who knows…..
Well, that’s the prognosis for now if all goes well. But in truth it’s mostly a guess; there’s just as good a chance that something goes wrong that delays Purdy’s recovery. So I think the Niners have to really consider who’s going to be the week one starter and take into account that that QB will likely have to play into the season as Purdy; even if he’s ready by mid September, won’t have gotten training camp and preseason snaps. So if Purdy’s not ready until mid October or later; then do the 49ers need to consider a better option at QB than Lance? Or do the roll with Lance as their best option at QB1 to start the season and hope for the best?
There’s no reason why they wouldn’t start Lance just like they did last year, unless Purdy is fully healed in 5 months just Mullen’s was.
Glad to hear that Purdy did not have to go the Tommy John route.
But, as I’ve said before, I’m concerned that Brock’s size may limit his longevity in the league. I believe that Purdy’s elbow will heal in time.
But, we (and especially Brock) won’t know the extent of his recovery until he takes a couple of hits to his throwing arm.
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