The 49ers use their final pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to reinforce one of their deepest positions this season, the defensive line.
Yet it isn’t as if the D-line lacks reinforcement needs, particularly along the interior.
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Defensive tackles Jullian Taylor and Kentavius Street are names to watch, sure. But neither has had a sizable enough impact at the pro level to suggest they’re surefire backup options. Especially as a base-down nose tackle.
San Francisco already identified D.J. Jones for this role, and he’s coming along nicely in his third season in the NFL. But Jones has dealt with injuries this season, meaning adding some interior depth would be a wise move.
Especially if that player is solid against the run.
That’s where Ohio State defensive tackle Robert Landers comes in. At 6-foot-1 and 285 pounds, Landers has the short, squatty body type Robert Saleh likes for this 1-technique spot. This gives Landers natural leverage, which he uses to great effect to get inside opponents’ offensive lines, evidenced by his 18 tackles for a loss between 2016 and 2018.
The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.