Sakamoto: Why 49ers’ May Draft Willie Beavers In The 2nd or 3rd Round


53. I’m not talking about San Francisco 49ers ILB NaVorro Bowman but rather the number of times the team’s quarterback was sacked last season. No quarterback can have any type of success with that type of production, so it’s no surprise that the 49ers are trying to shore up the unit by infusing a fountain of youth in the upcoming draft and one player who I believe the team will target in the second-round is Western Michigan T Willie Beavers.

During the NFL Scouting combine, it was evident that the 49ers were highly interested in the former Bronco as OLC Pat Flaherty and Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina were closely watching the offensive tackle during positional drills.

At 6-4, 324, Beavers would instantly provide depth on the right side of the offensive line while potentially becoming the primary backup swing tackle. A perfect scheme fit for HC Chip Kelly as Beavers is tailored made for zone-blocking, I can’t help but think the 49ers have him high on their list solidified with a gold helmet next to his name. “I think a lot of teams that run the outside zone and inside zone has a pretty good feel for me, really like me,” Beavers said after his pro day.

And did the 49ers attend his pro day? You bet as Flaherty and their regional scouts were on hand. Beavers is very athletic with the versatility to play the piano along the offensive line, so adding him to the mix in the second-round (No. 36) would be a welcomed addition. Not to mention, the team could use an insurance policy in case T Trent Brown regresses in year two, it would be wise for the 49ers to have a backup plan in case the Florida product doesn’t pan out.

As the 49ers prepare for the upcoming draft it will be interesting to see what they plan to do with the No. 7 overall pick as T Ronnie Stanley may be theirs for the taking.


30 Pre-Draft Visits

QB Connor Cook (Michigan St.)

WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)

WR Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss)

DE Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss)

DE/OLB Shaq Lawson (Clemson)

DE/OLB Kevin Dodd (Clemson)

OLB Kamalei Correa (Boise St.)

ILB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame)

CB Mackensie Alexander (Clemson)

CB Eli Apple (Ohio St.)

CB William Jackson III (Houston)


Private Workout

QB Jared Goff (Cal)

QB Carson Wentz (North Dakota St.)

QB Connor Cook (Michigan St.)

WR Leonte Carroo (Rutgers)

DE/OLB Shaq Lawson (Clemson)

DE/OLB Kevin Dodd (Clemson)

LB B.J. Goodson (Clemson)


Pro Day Meeting

OG Joshua Garnett (Stanford)

OT Willie Beavers (Western Michigan)

OT Lars Hanson (Sacramento St.)

T/G Rees Odhiambo (Boise St.)

TE Nick Vannett (Ohio St.)

WR Tyler Boyd (Pitt)

WR Keyarris Garrett (Tulsa)

WR De’Runnya Wilson (MSU)

DE Mike Rose (NC State)

DE/OLB C.J. Johnson (Ole Miss)

OLB Beniquez Brown (MSU)

OLB Darron Lee (Ohio St.)

OLB Yannick Ngakoue (Maryland)

CB Kennya Dennis (Missouri)

CB Taveze Calhoun (MSU)

CB Zack Sanchez (Oklahoma)

CB Blake Countess (Auburn)


Senior Bowl Meeting

NT Austin Johnson (Penn St.)

ILB Reggie Ragland (Alabama)


East/West Shrine Bowl Meeting

QB Vernon Adams (Eastern Washington)

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