The San Francisco 49ers are consumed by Jimmy Garoppolo mania, so it’s safe to say they will not be joining the many teams atop the draft indulging in the quarterback shopping spree.
Instead, it’s the duty of POD commenter Kevster to find a player to take the Niners back to the times of relevancy.
With the ninth overall pick in the Pride of Detroit Community Mock draft, the 49ers have selected Virginia Tech Tremaine Edmunds. Here is Kevster’s rationale.
The 49ers started the 2017 league year on a high note. First year GM John Lynch made waves in the first round of the draft by owning the Bears in a manner in which only the Lions are familiar. Lynch ended up dropping back one spot while acquiring 2017 third and fourth-round picks and another third round pick in 2018 from the inept Bears. Lynch used that fourth rounder as ammunition to move back up to the first round to select the talented, yet risky LB Reuben Foster, a player in which many wanted to see in a Lions uniform (in BQ we trust).
49ers fans still seemed content with their selection of Foster in the beginning of this offseason even with his glaring health issues. A recent February 1 poll from Niners Nation showed that 93 percent of fans still grade his selection as either an A or a B. However, just 10 days later Foster would see himself arrested and charged with crimes related to domestic violence and illegal possession of an “assault weapon”. Foster is now subject to a minimum six-game suspension that could end up being longer depending on the outcome of his domestic violence trial.
Foster’s absence from the team brings a great needs for the 49ers at the LB position. Current OLB’s Malcom Smith and Eli Harold are both liabilities in pretty much all facets of the game, which brings us to the 49ers’ 2018 first round pick: Tremaine Edmunds.
Edmunds is a physical specimen that has never been seen before. An NFL scout had this to say about him: “Good luck with your player comp on this one. They don’t come like him. I don’t think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed. You’re better off comparing him with a basketball player.” Edmunds’ only weaknesses come from inexperience and youth (he’s only 19). With proper coaching he has a chance to be one of the best to ever play the position. The 49ers hit a homerun here with a generational talent at a position of great need.
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