Round 5, Pick No. 164 Overall (from Bears): 49ers select EDGE Shaka Toney, Penn State
San Francisco still needs an outside pass-rusher and hasn’t selected one yet, but it’s a good thing the 2021 NFL Draft has some solid developmental talent to be had on day three of the draft.
And to maximize the 49ers’ first selection in Round 5, the 49ers are able to trade down from their original pick, No. 155 overall, in a deal with the Chicago Bears that lands the Niners pick Nos. 164 and 204 overall.
With the newly acquired pick, the Niners grab Penn State EDGE Shaka Toney.
There aren’t any clear-cut standouts who’ll be bona fide edge-rushing studs in this year’s class, and each outside pass-rusher has some serious question marks, Toney no exception.
As far as an upside, Toney has a variety of quality pass-rushing moves that helped him net 20 sacks and 28.5 tackles for a loss during four years with the Nittany Lions. He’s consistent and reliable, too.
Yet at 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, Toney is a bit of a tweener and might have a hard time adjusting into anything more than a situational pass-rushing role.
Good thing San Francisco stockpiled its defensive line depth already and can bank on getting EDGE Nick Bosa back. The 49ers can afford to take a flier on Toney and hope he develops into a quality reserve player at the next level.