Saturday, April 28, 2012
49ers: Needed line depth without reaching
By Mike Sando
The San Francisco 49ers kept moving back and acquiring picks, an indication they were comfortable in their ability to get the player they wanted later in the round.
Looks like Wake Forest guard Joe Looney, chosen 117th overall, was that player. The 49ers entered this draft with a need at right guard. Looney, recovering from a foot injury, projects as long-term depth even if he doesn't challenge for a starting job.
The 49ers parted with 2011 starting right guards Chilo Rachal and Adam Snyder.
Looney, 6-foot-3 and 309 pounds, has played guard and center. Those are two positions where the 49ers have needs for the present and future. This was a need pick for the 49ers, but trading back multiple times indicates the 49ers weren't reaching for him, even though they did eventually move up from No. 125 to 117 to make the selection.