The 49ers traded back up in the 4th round with the Lions and have drafted Guard Joe Looney out of Wake Forest.
Profile: 6’3. 309 lbs
Looney is a strong interior lineman who has been consistent for the Demon Deacons since stepping on campus. He is an athletic mover who blocks well in the run game and has great size. He has fourth-round value based on his production and ability to be inserted right away.
Strengths: Looney is quick off the ball to get into D-linemen and get movement. He displays good technique in his sets and is very polished when using his hands. He can get upfield to hit linebackers and is effective when pulling or sealing the edge. He has been a reliable and durable interior guy at Wake Forest, and the go-to man to run behind throughout his career.
Weaknesses Looney can struggle in his pass set at times. He has the feet to get there but will get aggressive and lose his balance on blockers. He can work to sit in his base better and be more effective here at the next level, but needs a good coach.