Round 5, Pick No. 164 Overall: 49ers select OT Ryan Hayes
The 49ers have the best left tackle in football, Trent Williams is second to none. But at 34 years of age, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.
Make no mistakes, Williams has shown no signs of slowing down, as evident by his tenth Pro Bowl last season, but father time waits for no one.
Tackles Colton McKivitz and Jaylon Moore will look to capitalize on the departure of Mike McGlinchey while helping to provide depth along a fairly young offensive front.
With Michigan’s Ryan Hayes on the roster, competition heading into training camp should be fierce but fun to watch.
During the Kyle Shanahan regime, the 49ers have relied heavily on free agency and trades to keep their O-line competitive. Moving forward, they will have to look to the draft for prospects and put those prospects in the capable hands of their coaching staff.
As stated earlier, this year’s draft class is very thin at offensive tackle, but there are some talented, capable players if they are put in a scheme that suits them. In fact, it’s crucial for their development.
At 6-foot-6 and 298 pounds, Hayes will fit right in with the big, physical line in San Francisco due to his measurables, motor and work ethic.