SF 49ers: 5 NFL Draft prospects who can fix offensive line in 2021
By Peter Panacy
SF 49ers NFL Draft Target No. 2: OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
With the SF 49ers currently sitting at 2-2 and not yet having hit the tougher portions of their schedule, it’s fair to look at some potential draft prospects who wind up going in the middle or late teens.
One potential name to watch here is Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, who is rising up draft boards and could easily be right in the middle of Round 1 this upcoming April, thanks to some impressive highlight-reel plays and excellent movement skills.
Leatherwood, 6-foot-6 and 322 pounds, saw his stock drop a bit in 2019, which prompted him to return to the Crimson Tide for another season, and it’s looking as if that was the right decision to propel him back into first-round consideration.
The movement skills are there, and so is his physical tenacity.
Notice a trend here? It’s time San Francisco gets some meanness back on its offensive line.
Plus, there’s the versatility to move him to either tackle spot, and he’s also more than adept playing inside at guard, too, which might be an ideal placement for him right away if the Niners somehow manage to get a decent starting tandem on the outside for 2021, even if it’s only in the interim.