After trading down a bunch (and acquiring three extra picks for 2013), the San Francisco 49ers have moved back up in the fourth round to get offensive guard Joe Looney out of Wake Forest. The 49ers moved into the No. 117 pick by trading the Detroit Lions No. 125 in round four and No. 196 in the sixth round, a pick that was sent to them in a trade.
The 49ers need a guard, with the right spot on the line being the starting position on the whole team that's actually up for grabs. Starter Adam Snyder left for the Arizona Cardinals, while backup Chilo Rachal was signed by the Chicago Bears. He'll likely compete with Alex Boone (the current swing tackle) and Daniel Kilgore, a 2011 draftee.
Here's what Mocking The Draft had to say about Looney in their scouting report:
Impression: Exhibits good short area quickness and balance for his size in pass protection. He has the ability to mature into a good run blocker as well and warrants a pick as a potential starting guard down the line.
49ers 2012 NFL Draft Haul
No. 30 (First Round): WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois Fighting Illini
No. 61 (Second Round): RB LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks
No. 97 (Fourth Round):
No. 125 (Fourth Round):
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