The 49ers selected offensive lineman (tackle) John Theus out of Georgia with the 145th pick
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The five-star recruit struggled at times early in his career for the Bulldogs, though starting at right tackle as a true freshman in the SEC is quite an accomplishment. The light bulb really seemed to go on for Theus in 2014, both in pass protection and as an effective run blocker after he moved to the left side. The Bulldog finished his career by starting every game for the second straight year and being named first-team all-conference. Theus’ solid technique and underrated athleticism will make him difficult for teams to ignore early in the draft.
Reliable and consistent. Full time starter for three of his four years at Georgia. Good height with arm length that meets the NFL standards. Plays with pretty good hand quickness and has a well-timed punch with some pop behind it. Instinctive and reacts quickly to catch and smother twists. Understands importance of early hands and can handle his business when he wins early in the rep. Good balance and setup in his pass sets. Started at both tackle spots so he may offer some swing tackle potential for NFL teams. Has enough athleticism to help spring runs to the perimeter.
Struggles against plus power and has major issues redirecting when his edge is attacked. Inconsistent sustaining run blocks and will get controlled and rag-dolled at times if he doesn?t win early with his hands. NFL-caliber anchor missing against true bull rush. Needs to maintain wider, balanced base when asked to drive block. When beaten inside, has a habit of going dead-legged and leaning back inside rather than taking quick steps to close off the lane. Has plus hand-eye coordination, but his feet don?t always seem to be synced to the same schedule. Kick slide quickness to the edge; opens up too early and gives away the edge too early.
Draft Info – [NFL.com]