Like the offensive line, the 49ers have been pressed to rely heavily on depth at linebacker this season, too, especially after losing Kwon Alexander to a season-ending pectoral injury.
Alexander’s eventual return in 2020 will help solidify this group. Paired with second-year pro Fred Warner, the Niners could end up having one of the league’s better linebacking tandems in the very near future.
Still, depth remains a concern.
2019 rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw will be ahead of him on the depth chart, but Utah State’s David Woodward would be a fine choice here late in Round 6. Woodward is best known for his run-stopping abilities — an area in which San Francisco has struggled this season — and he never ceases to be around the ball at every play.
That’s a top trait for a linebacker of any skill set or body size.