2016 NFL Draft: Revamped 49ers Mock Draft Post-Trades
By Jerod Brown
Round Two, Pick Six–No. 37 Overall
Joshua Garnett, Offensive Guard–Stanford
The 49ers addressed the defensive line with their first pick and now it is time to build on the other side of the trenches. With their second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 49ers select Josh Garnett, offensive guard, Stanford.
The 49ers currently have Andrew Tiller and Zane Beadles penciled in to be the starters throughout summer. That’s not good enough. Garnett would come in and almost immediately win one of the starting guard spots. Beadles and Tiller could battle for the second spot with the loser becoming the swing interior lineman.
Garnett is, quite frankly, an ass-kicker. He plays with a nastiness that the 49ers lacked along the offensive line in 2015. Former guard Alex Boone is gone and the remaining starters won’t be replacing his fire. The 49ers need to draft a player to do so. Josh Garnett is the best choice in the entire class.
Garnett is the type of player that plays to the echo of the whistle. He doesn’t stop early and he’s looking to bury you every play.
And he does it often.
Okay, one more for the fans at home.
Aside from the fact that he just wants to beat people up every play, Garnett is equally impressive and patient in pass-protection. He easily identifies interior threats and anticipates movement at the second-level in the run game.
Garnett rarely takes poor angles and is often steamrolling an entire wash of players down the field. The 49ers would immediately improve the interior of their offensive line by selecting a dominant guard to pair next to left tackle Joe Staley.
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