49ers’ Draft P Bradley Pinion, OL Ian Silberman, OT Trenton Brown, and Busta Anderson


The San Francisco 49ers made a surprising move in the fifth-round (No. 165) as they selected Clemson P Bradley Pinion. The first punter off the board as Pinion was projected to be a seventh-round pick he will now battle it out with the longest tenured Niner P Andy Lee.

So what does Pinion bring to the table to warrant a fifth-round selection? He has NFL-desired ratio of punting distance to hang time with a 42.6-yard average and a 4.1-second hang time. While forcing opponents to fair catch his punts 44 percent of the time. In addition only 2.6 percent of his punts went for touchbacks (75 total punts in 2014).

Then in the sixth-round (No. 190) the 49ers drafted their first offensive lineman in Boston College OL Ian Silberman. A right tackle in college it appears that Silberman might be kicked in to guard due to his brute strength and lack of athleticism. At 6-5, 294, Silberman will likely fight with G Dillon Farrell, G Andrew Tiller, and G Joe Looney for one of the backup positions.

With the 49ers having two seventh-round picks they used their first pick (No. 244) on Florida OT Trenton Brown. A behemoth of a man as Brown stands 6-8, 355, his size alone was worth the risk as he had the second highest run block grade among right-guards in the SEC last season (see PFF above).

However, Brown said that the Dolphins were talking to him about being an undrafted rookie free-agent which I believe is against league rules.

With their last pick the 49ers selected TE Busta Anderson in the seventh-round (No. 254). That gives them their second tight-end in the draft and nine on their roster.

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