No. 4: 49ers Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street
It was shocking the Niners elected to use a fourth-round pick on former NC State defensive tackle Kentavius Street back in 2018. After all, Street was coming off a torn ACL suffered during a pre-draft workout, and most 49ers fans were hoping the front office had long jettisoned that old tradition of grabbing injured players in the NFL Draft and stashing them for a season while they recovered.
Street had a brief glimpse of the field in 2019 before going back on injured reserve with another injury. And while he’s since been cleared to practice again heading into training camp, the loss of nearly two complete seasons at the pro level doesn’t do him any good.
San Francisco also brought aboard other defensive linemen during the offseason to reinforce the depth behind a fivesome of quality starting-caliber players previously selected in Round 1, namely reservists like EDGE Kerry Hyder and defensive end Dion Jordan. Kevin Givens is also working his way into the mix as well.
Street has a long way to go in order to make the 53-man roster, and he’ll have to seriously outperform more than a few of the aforementioned names to stand a chance.
And the chances are he won’t be able to do so, meaning the Niners will have to swallow their pride and admit using that fourth-round selection two seasons ago turned out to be a mistake.