Round 5, Pick No. 172 Overall: 49ers select OT Abraham Lucas, Washington State
With Mike McGlinchey on his way to New York, the 49ers can either roll with an in-house candidate, or they can draft the next heir at the right tackle position.
Abraham Lucas is an absolute bookend and a great edge protector. He’s got incredible length and exceptional speed for someone his size, which is something that McGlinchey appears to have lost from his stint on injured reserve. Recent photos show him looking very lean.
In addition to Lucas’ physical attributes, the four-year starter has a refined mental game. He knows when to turn upfield and when to seal backside rushers. He anchors his feet well and creates overpowering leverage on his opponents making it easy to drive them into the ground.
The Niners have sealed off the left tackle position for the foreseeable future, but if they want to protect their new starting quarterback, Trey Lance, they need to shore up the right side as well.
Lucas has all the tools to make it at the next level. All John Lynch has to do is call his name on draft day.