49ers select DL Quinton Dial with the 157th pick
The 49ers select defensive lineman Quinton Dial out of Alabama with the 157th pick.
Even though Alabama head coach Nick Saban has his pick of defensive line recruits coming out of high school, he’s found some good bargains from the junior college ranks. Of course, All-American Terrence “Mount” Cody is the most well-known example, as he helped the Tide win their first BCS title under Saban in 2009. But in Dial and teammate Jesse Williams, Saban brought in two quality players from the JUCO ranks that helped him win BCS title number two in 2011. Dial’s not going to be graded as highly as Williams by NFL scouts, but his size and potential as a reserve defensive lineman in a 3-4 or 4-3 system could get him drafted.
Dial planned on attending Alabama after being named one of the Yellowhammer State’s best high school players in 2008 (eight sacks as a senior). Academics forced him to go to East Mississippi Community College at first, where he played for two seasons. Despite being recruited by other schools after his JUCO career, he came back to the Tide for the team’s BCS title-winning 2011 season, playing in 12 games, starting one, making 24 tackles, three for loss, and one sack. In his senior year, Dial recorded 21 tackles (5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks.
STRENGTHS Versatile athletic defensive lineman who plays on the nose, three-technique and five-technique spots on either side of the line. Tall, powerful player who can drop his hips despite his height to hold his ground or drive his man backwards on bull rush. Also capable of holding the edge against the run, using strong arm extension and hands to contain or crash inside. Has good short area agility for his size, and often hustles to the ball. Wraps up ballcarriers in tight quarters with bad intentions.
WEAKNESSES Did not start many times during his time at Alabama, leading to a lack of production, especially against better offensive lines. Solid space eater who does not get off the ball with great pace or shed quickly enough to make stops against the run consistently. Will fail to break down quickly in the backfield or in space to make tackles against more elusive ballcarriers. Gets cut easily and can be put off-balance during his pass rush because of his height, though he tries to recover quickly. Underwent offseason toe surgery.
NFL COMPARISON DeAngelo Tyson
BOTTOM LINE This junior college transfer isn’t as highly-regarded as Terrence “Mount” Cody was a couple of years ago, nor his current teammate, Jesse Williams. But it’s not easy for NFL teams to find defensive linemen with his size and length to play the five-technique spot in the 3-4 scheme or three-technique in the 4-3. Dial’s versatility will likely find him drafted late.