SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) For the first time since 2012, the San Francisco 49ers passed on a chance to add to their defense in the first round of the draft and instead grabbed an offensive lineman.
Don’t expect general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan to take the same approach on Friday.
The 49ers have holes to fill along their defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary.
Lynch acknowledged after the first round that he and his staff had been looking at a handful of linebackers with their first selection before settling on offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey. The 49ers’ first-round pick in 2017, middle linebacker Reuben Foster, is currently facing domestic violence charges.
San Francisco could also use some help in the secondary. The team signed free agent Richard Sherman in the offseason but the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback is still on the mend after rupturing his right Achilles tendon last season.
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