Niners Live returns with back–to–back under the radar sleeper picks if you will. Are your eyes wide open? Let’s hope so because now we turn our attention to 49ers: Mock Draft 2017, the 5th Round, Featuring OT Julien Davenport.
As recently discussed on Niners Live, go big or go home… Big, tough, and physical are the clear directions and messages we’re trying to send to fans and the 49ers’ organization with all Niners Lives’ mock draft selections. Now without further ado, we give you the two-time captain Mr. Davenport himself.
JULIEN DAVENPORT, 6-7/315, OT
PROJECTION: Fifth round, 148th prospect, via CBSports.
The Sleeper: He’s a giant of a man amongst boys. Quick-footed and nimble for a man his size, and a punishing blocker when opposing defenders cross his path, Davenport is listed as a left tackle but could make the transition over to right tackle or even guard, especially with tackle Joe Staley’s future with the team in doubt.
Trent Brown could swing over to left tackle and Davenport versus last year’s rookie tackle John Theus who could compete along with a veteran free agent for the starting right tackle position. Then, whoever gets beat out would provide depth along the line with their unique skillsets/abilities to play multiple positions. Why? Because you now would become stronger throughout the offensive line and athletic/big tackles that can bend don’t grow on trees.
Why not draft a center here? Good question. With Zane Beadles showing his versatility of playing center, guard, tackle, and with the expected return of Kilgore, who expects to be fully recovered from his season-ending hamstring injury in time for offseason workouts, via ESPN.com, it makes drafting an offensive tackle at this spot more valuable than a center. The 49ers also have the ability to address in free agency either as a starter or for depth. Now has Kilgore had some injury concerns in his career? Yes. However, he played most of the 2016 season starting 13 games.
Here’s what Kaep had to say on Beadles:
“For Zane to be able to play three different positions on the offensive line and play at a very high level really speaks to him as a player and his talent and ability,” quarterback Colin Kaepernick said.
The 49ers can address a more pressing need for the future at tackle with Davenports upside this may be too good to pass up, particularly seeing how’s he’s played 44 games over the last four years and is durable.
Allow me to leave you with this:
Career: Two-year team captain … three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection … Second Team All-Patriot League (2013) … three-time Preseason All-Patriot League … Second Team STATS FCS All-American (2015). NFLdraftscouts.com.
2016 (Senior): Earned First Team All-America honors from four organizations (AFCA, Associated Press, STATS, Walter Camp) … first Bison with four All-America honors in same season since Bryce Robertson in 2011 … team captain for a second straight year … named to Walter Payton Award Watch List … First Team All-Patriot League selection … named a Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports … STATS FCS Preseason All-American First Team … Preseason All-Patriot League … earned an invitation to play in Senior Bowl … named FCS Collegiate Player of the Year by the Brooks-Irvine Club of South Jersey … earned team’s Tom Gadd Coaches’ Award and Captains Award. Via Bucknellbison.com.
On a Niners Live side note: the 49ers have the 162nd pick in the 5th round if they wanted to move up a few spots to select Davenport they have the ammunition to do so with a pair of 6th round draft picks at their disposal. #eyeswideopen
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