With the 187th pick in the NFL Draft, the 49ers selected offensive lineman Nick Zakelj from Fordham.
A four-year starter at Fordham, Zakelj was projected to be taken in round five or six.
At Fordham, Zakelj played in a zone-based running scheme which will help with his transition to the NFL. He’s shown some issues with getting to reach blocks and will need to improve his pad level if he is to get on the field.
Pass protection is a strength for Zakelj. He shows athleticism with his feet and long arms, allowing him to mirror pass rushers and drive them around the quarterback. In 758 pass-blocking snaps over the last three seasons, Zakelj allowed only four sacks and three quarterback hits.
Zakelj is the second offensive tackle taken by San Francisco on day three, joining Spencer Burford, who was selected at 134.
Although Zakelj and Burford both played tackle in college, they are expected to move inside to guard in the NFL.
With the additions of Zakelj and Burford, San Francisco has several prospects to choose from as they head towards training camp. The two rookies will compete with Aaron Banks, Jaylon Moore, Colton McKivitz, and Keaton Sutherland.