San Francisco 49ers Draft Appalachian State DL Ronald Blair
With the 142nd overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers picked Appalachian State defensive lineman Ronald Blair. Blair won the Sun Belt Conference's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015, finishing his career with 70 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. NFL Media draft expert Mike Mayock had the 6-foot-2, 284-pound defensive lineman as a third-round prospect. For more on Blair, take a look at NFL.com's analysis: "Flashes some polish in his game. Comes out of track stance and fires into blockers with knee bend and good pad level. Uses leverage and tremendous power at the point of attack to rock offensive linemen who let their pads get too high. Able to set a strong edge. Attacks and stresses the seam of double team blocks with power in his legs. His coaches rave about his leadership and work in the film room. Good lateral quickness with his feet and is very effective as a pass rusher in twists up front. Accelerates down the line to squeeze cutback lanes against the run. Bodies up and drives his legs through his tackles making sure running backs feel it. Has effective arm-over as his go-to move. Good length with big hands for his size. Can generate a quality bull rush."