49ers trade up, select Alabama’s Reuben Foster at 31st overall

By |Published On: April 27th, 2017 at 11:49 PM|
49ers trade up, select Alabama’s Reuben Foster at 31st | PFF

Foster was rumored to be a top-five pick early on in the draft process, but slipped. San Francisco traded up to grab him near the end of the first round.

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  • The San Francisco 49ers traded up into the first round and selected Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st pick of the NFL draft.
  • Foster’s overall grade of 93.9 led all linebackers in college football in 2016, while he also drew comparisons to former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.
  • The former Alabama linebacker is one of the few complete three-down linebackers that can defend the run, rush the passer, and drop back into coverage.
  • Foster was among the best run-stopping linebackers last season as he excelled at “sorting through the trash” and finding the ball carrier in traffic. Hence he led all linebackers with a run-stop percentage 16.3 percent.
  • His athletic ability and instincts were showcased nearly every time he dropped back into coverage to cover the middle of the field or run with tight ends in coverage; he was tied for the most pass breakups among linebackers with seven.

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