49ers select OG Josh Garnett with No. 28 pick in 2016 NFL draft

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Friday April 29th, 2016

The Kansas City Chiefs traded the No. 28 pick to the San Francisco 49ers, who selected Stanford offensive guard Josh Garnett.


When the 49ers were crushing opponents with Jim Harbaugh’s rushing attack, Mike Iupati was decimating opponents with his power at left guard. Garnett projects well as a similar player—he’s a pure power guy who may need a bit of adjustment in Chip Kelly’s zone scheme. Garnett has the talent to switch, and though it may take time for that to happen, he’s going to be a special player over time. It’s just a matter of scheme fit, and how much you believe it’s worth it to trade back into the first round, losing three picks in the process, for a guard.

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Strengths: Anyone who caught a glimpse of the Christian McCaffrey Show this past season no doubt had at least an inadvertent look at Garnett. The mauling guard often led the way for Stanford’s ground game, between the tackles and pulling outside. Garnett overpowers defenders and is always on the lookout for an extra block. —Chris Burke

Weaknesses: Lack of quickness may be more problematic in NFL. Can be sloppy in pass protection.​ —CB


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