The 49ers could use some depth along their defensive line this offseason.
Defensive end Arik Armstead, who had 10 sacks in 2019, could leave via free agency or might be tagged with the franchise tag. Defensive tackle Sheldon Day is likely gone. Defensive end Ronald Blair is a pending free agent, too, while depth players like Kentavius Street and Jullian Taylor haven’t quite solidified themselves as regular members of the upfront rotation.
Michigan State defensive lineman Raequan Williams didn’t overly increase his stock by running a still-good 5.08 40-yard time at the NFL Scouting Combine. But Williams wins with good hand movement and a solid bull rush, and his versatility to play a number of positions along the D-line makes him a useful tool to back up a still-stacked San Francisco defensive front.
In a way, Williams could be a solid replacement for Blair, should the latter depart this offseason.
Williams doesn’t have a lot of bend in his pass rush, and he’ll have issues working through pro-level blockers.
Still, Williams has the traits necessary to be a good enough piece to replace some of the other depth members on the Niners roster.