SANTA CLARA — The 49ers just drafted Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw with the 10th pick in Round 5. Let’s break down the positives and negatives of this pick.
- Played in the SEC.
- Recorded 321 tackles in four seasons.
- Former strong safety.
- Experience playing zone coverage.
- Weak-side linebacker who doesn’t fill a need on the defense. Will backup Kwon Alexander.
- The 49ers already had a quality backup inside linebacker, Elijah Lee.
- Poor run defender.
- Probably will play only special teams unless Alexander gets injured.
- NFL.com gave Greenlaw a seventh-round grade, and CBS ranked him 307 overall.
- Injury prone. Missed six games in 2016 with a broken foot. Missed three games in 2017 with a high-ankle sprain. Has a hamstring injury at the Combine and didn’t run the 40-yard dash.
All of the decent defensive backs have been picked already, so I understand the 49ers drafting another position. But, they probably should have taken someone they couldn’t have signed as an undrafted free agent. Big reach. Mack Wilson, a better linebacker than Greenlaw, got taken seven picks later.