The 49ers traded back up into the first round to select guard Joshua Garnett out of Stanford. In the trade with the Chiefs the 49ers gave them their 2nd round pick, a 4th round pick and a 6th. Chiefs gave the 49ers pick 249 (7th round) in return
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Garnett, the son of an NFL nose tackle (Scott Garnett), played in the shadow of other NFL-ready Stanford linemen like 2015 first-round pick Andrus Peat before his senior year. He emerged from that shadow this fall, however, winning numerous All-American honors and the Outland Trophy as the nation?s top interior lineman. His combination of size (6-5, 325) and movement dropped jaws around college football — especially when he takes an occasional turn as an H-back. Add intelligence and a nasty streak, and Garnett’s got everything an offensive line coach would want to be part of his group.
Powerful frame with dense, muscular lower body. Very powerful at point of attack — especially as base blocker. Held his own in the power department against UCLA’s Kenny Clark. If he gets downhill momentum on defender, it’s lights out. Able to strike and center his blocks between his shoulders. Team captain. Very good hand placement, upper body strength and hip torque to steer and turn opponent on hook blocks. Generates good power from legs and hips. Block winner in tight space near goal line. Takes good angles to second level block to make up for his lack of athleticism. Hard to beat him early in the rep on run plays. Can bury gap shooters with cave-in blocks. Comes out of stance with good bend, pad level explosion into target. Has power and hand strength to snap off twisters and receive incoming defender. Well-schooled with good hand work.
Despite being asked to pull and get cut-off blocks at Stanford, he has some athletic limitations that could be magnified in pros. Slow to get out in front on long pulls. Gets a little lazy with his feet and tries to out-muscle opponents rather than combining strength with proper footwork. Falls in love with mashing opponents within the early stages of a rep and forgets to bring his feet under him to secure the block causing him to fall off at times. Head-ducking pass protector who misses twists at times because he sees them too late. Opens himself up to problems against crafty defensive tackles by leaning too much in protection. More of a hug and contain approach against rushers rather than inside punch.