San Francisco 49ers: Projecting Each Rookie’s Role in 2016
By Peter Panacy
Defensive Lineman Ronald Blair
Just when a team thinks it has enough pass-rushers, it’s always a good idea to add one more.
Such is the case with former Appalachian State defensive lineman Ronald Blair.
The 6’2″, 284-pound pass-rusher has the type of flexibility to allow him to play as either a defensive end or edge-rusher in sub packages.
Depth is going to be a critical factor for San Francisco’s defense under head coach Chip Kelly. A rotation, filled with good-to-better players, will be an absolute necessity to ensure the 49ers defense isn’t at as much of a risk from Kelly’s uptempo offense.
So giving Blair looks at various positions within the defensive front makes a lot of sense.
Blair isn’t a starter, and he won’t have to be. He’ll be a situational pass-rusher and a player capable of filling in on the end when needed.
He should have no problem making the 53-man roster.
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