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The 6’5”, 315-pound center from Wisconsin is an insightful selection. Miller doesn’t think that current starting center Jonathan Goodwin ranks all that high in pass protection. I disagree, believing more fault falls on Alex Smith and the right guard slot. But with the loss of right guard Adam Snyder to free agency, there’s no doubt that the interior offensive line is an area of need.
Is it the biggest need? That remains to be seen. The Niners drafted Daniel Kilgore in the fifth round last year, and there’s nothing to dispel the notion that the coaching staff feel he’s ready to play guard in the NFL. Also, there are other options with backup tackle Alex Boone working his way into the lineup and thereby bumping right tackle Anthony Davis down to the guard slot.
Of note, Konz did not fully participate in Wisconsin’s pro day due to the ill effects of a dislocated ankle. Nonetheless, CBSSports rates him as the No. 1 center. Wisconsin linemen tend to do well in the NFL.
I think Baalke still has his eye on a game-breaker. What’s more, he’s not afraid to move up or down in the draft. In 2010, he traded up in the first round to take Anthony Davis and also swapped picks in the third round and ended up with NaVorro Bowman. Last year he traded up in the second round to take Colin Kaepernick.
The possibility for more dramatics remains high, and perhaps a Kendall Wright of Baylor comes to the Niners. Or even a bigger move up to get Michael Floyd of Notre Dame. That’s a possibility in Miller’s draft because he has Chicago taking Stanford tight end Coby Fleener at No. 19. Many mocks had the Bears taking Floyd in that spot.