SANTA CLARA — The 49ers just made three picks in Round 6: They took Stanford tight end Kaden Smith with the third pick, Vanderbilt offensive tackle Justin Skule with the 10th pick and X with the 26th pick. Let’s break down the positives and negatives of these picks.
KADEN SMITH’S POSITIVES
- Takes pride in blocking.
- Good hands (dropped only four of 65 targets).
- The past two seasons, caught 70 passes for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns.
KADEN SMITH’S NEGATIVES
- Not strong for a blocking specialist (only 15 reps on the bench).
- Slow (4.93 40-yard dash).
- Missed final three games of 2018 with a foot injury.
KADEN SMITH’S GRADE: C-MINUS
If the 49ers wanted a backup tight end, they should have taken one who’s good at receiving or blocking, not one who struggles doing both things, as Smith does.
JUSTIN SKULE’S POSITIVES
- Played both left tackle and right tackle in the SEC.
- Tall (6’7″)
- Missed no games the past three seasons.
JUSTIN SKULE’S NEGATIVES
- Gives up lots of pressure in pass protection
- Slow (5.26 40-yard dash)
- Not strong (22 reps on the bench)
JUSTIN SKULE’S GRADE: C.
A developmental tackle prospect who lacks athleticism to develop. Probably will spend his first season or two on the practice squad.
TIM HARRIS’ POSITIVES
- Big for a cornerback (6’1″, 205 lbs.)
- Fast (4.43 40-yard dash)
- Explosive (39-inch vertical jump)
TIM HARRIS’ NEGATIVES
- Defended only 21 passes in college.
- Took a medical red shirt in 2016 after tearing his labrum.
- Took another medical redshirt in 2017 after injuring his wrist.
- Spent six years in college.
- Will turn 24 in July.
TIM HARRIS’ GRADE: C.
A better athlete than football player, like the rest of the cornerbacks the 49ers have drafted since 2017. If Harris stays healthy, he might become a contributor on special teams. He was the only defensive back the 49ers drafted this year. He was the best they could do?