Like Round 2, the 49ers also have two picks. And it’s likely general manager John Lynch tries to solve the team’s pass-rushing woes at some point before Round 4.
The Niners entered 2017 without a true pass-rusher. Well, EDGE Aaron Lynch could have been that guy had it not been for more weight issues. Signing veteran pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil is a temporary fix, nothing more.
No, San Francisco needs a young player to come off the edge in passing situations.
Florida State’s Josh Sweat can do just that. He managed seven sacks in 2016 and already has one under his belt this year. In addition to his work in passing situations, Sweat is also adept at holding his own against the run, making him more than just a situational pass-rusher.
Sweat needs to develop more pass-rushing techniques, as his only move right now is getting around the edge.
The worry here would be Sweat turning into another Corey Lemonier-type player — someone with some pretty lofty pass-rushing stats at college, but whose lack of moves all but negated his effectiveness at the NFL level.
If Sweat finds his way to San Francisco, let’s hope for a different outcome.