Finding a Fit with the 49ers
Currently, San Francisco holds the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. There’s no way the Niners would reach that hard for Garrett Bradbury there. And with the No. 36 overall pick, targeting Bradbury in Round 2 still might be a stretch.
Before we get to the scenarios, let’s consider a few things that would make Bradbury a plausible option for the 49ers.
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First, his strengths, courtesy of The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs:
"Lateral mobility is terrific. Shows excellent range along the line of scrimmage and is quick to climb the ladder and challenge LBs. Capable of shifting and sliding in the pocket in an effort to account for blitzing defenders late."
The lateral movement is essential in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, which calls for bootlegs, kicks and pulls. And while Bradbury won’t usurp Weston Richburg at center, at least not right away, the former does have three years’ experience at guard, which would address a 49ers need.
Case in point, the Niners may not be able to re-sign starting right guard Mike Person this offseason, and fellow guard Joshua Garnett has seemingly been on Shanahan’s not-so-favorite list the past two seasons.
To make a would-be Niners selection of Bradbury possible, though, John Lynch would have to achieve some value here. Trading out of the No. 2 overall spot is widely viewed as a real possibility this April. Should such a trade down net San Francisco a good deal of draft capital, including more day-two picks, using one of those on Bradbury (either if he falls into Round 2 or the Niners trade back into the first round) isn’t a bad idea at all.
What say you, 49ers fans? Has Bradbury risen up on your collective radar after his NFL Scouting Combine performance?