Many Forever Faithful want to know what the San Francisco 49ers will do with the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft. Will they trade up, trade down or stay put? Who will they take and what position are they truly considering?
These are all unknowns and with all the hype surrounding the 49ers first-round selection, the fact remains the NFL draft is a seven-round process and other potential prospects need to be considered beyond round one.
One name the 49ers may consider in later rounds–OLB Danielle Hunter.
The LSU product is a freak of nature. At 6-6, 240 pounds, Hunter would instantly provide depth behind starters OLBs Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch. Yes, I have Lynch penciled as a starter because OLB Ahmad Brooks will likely be a cap-casualty come June 1, so depth will be an issue.
But why should the 49ers draft Hunter? Here are three reasons why I believe he makes sense for the five-time Super Bowl Champions…
Hunter will ‘wow’ NFL scouts at the scouting combine as he will display his ‘workout warrior’ athleticism. From the 40-yard dash to the bench press, Hunter is going to sky-rocket up draft boards when it’s all said and done, mark my words. And while his game has some areas for improvement which include becoming a better pass-rusher, Hunter is nonetheless an intriguing prospect worth drafting in the third-round simply due to his god-given ability.
Not known to be a very instinctive player, it was Hunter’s hot motor that allowed him to lead the SEC in stuffs (tackles for no gain or loss) in 2014 with 17. Something that head coach Jim Tomsula can appreciate as Hunter plays with a heart on his sleeve–makes him a nice fit in San Francisco.
Not to mention, Hunter has the long-arms that GM Trent Baalke covets, it wouldn’t be a bad idea in selecting the LSU Tiger as he can bat down balls at or near the line of scrimmage while also using a long-arm pass-rush to push back offensive lineman.
You won’t run into any off-field issues with this kid as many NFL scouts have labeled him ‘squeaky clean.’ Something the 49ers could use considering the recent off-field distractions this past season–Hunter would be a nice addition to the team’s franchise. Strong work ethic, passionate, and energetic what’s not to like? The kid is hungry and will show up to work every day trying to make a name for himself.
A gifted-athlete with the high motor to match, it will be interesting to see where Hunter goes as he will likely be a boom or bust prospect who will wow scouts both on-and-off the football field.