NFL draft: 49ers can’t ignore offensive line’s depth


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A year ago, they traded into the first round to select Stanford product Joshua Garnett, who eventually became their starting right guard. Then, last month, general manager John Lynch traded for Pro Bowl center Jeremy Zuttah.

So, all good, right? Not so fast. The 49ers need depth and developmental players for their offensive line’s interior.

True, Zane Beadles surprised last season, transforming from a free-agent afterthought into a versatile starter, mostly at left guard. Another capable veteran is Daniel Kilgore, who is returning from hamstring surgery.

Beyond that, the 49ers lack depth. Their only other interior offensive lineman is Alex Balducci, an undrafted rookie last year who converted from the defensive line.

The 49ers have not ignored interior linemen in their ramp up to the draft, and among those reportedly on their radar are Indiana’s Dan Feeney and San Diego State’s Nico Siragusa.

The Top Five:

1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky (6-4, 309) — A college tackle who projects inside because of his height and length of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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