2019 revealed just how important it is to have depth along an offensive line.
Following a string of good health last year, the 49ers have been forced to overcome lengthy injuries to starting tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey. Fortunately, adequate play from backup tackles Justin Skule and Daniel Brunskill helped fill the void.
Interestingly enough, the interior of the O-line has remained intact. But that doesn’t mean this luck will continue indefinitely.
San Francisco eventually needs to identify a long-term replacement for Staley, but it’s possible a player like Skule or Brunskill rises to the occasion. But interior depth might be more pressing a concern, so that’s what the Niners do here in Round 5.
At 6-foot-1 and 287 pounds, Washington interior lineman Nick Harris is a bit undersized. But he’s solid in his technique and has great movement skills. Plus, he has the versatility factor to bounce between guard and center, which only adds to his value on the depth chart.