2012 NFL Draft: Expect the San Francisco 49ers to Address O-Line in 2nd-Round

Jon SiddowayCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  Cordy Glenn #71 and Ben Jones #61 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrate with Orson Charles #7 after Charles touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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I’m a little bummed I bit my nails so much while the San Francisco 49ers were on the clock, because that pick was a head-scratcher.

Don’t get me wrong, A.J. Jenkins is a solid receiver prospect (click for scouting report)—would’ve been a steal in the second-round. 

But the 30th overall pick? 

To steal a common draft phrase, “that’s a reach.”

Then again, we all thought the same thing last year when the team selected Aldon Smith so early—Smith would go on to collect 14 sacks and force two fumbles his rookie season.

The 49ers now turn their attention to the second-round—scheduled to begin Friday night at 7 p.m. EST. Expect them to address the offensive line, a unit that surrendered a league-high 44 sacks last season.

Here are the three best options still on the board.   


OT/G Cordy Glenn, Georgia

This may be wishful thinking. Some mocks had him going as high as No. 10 to the Buffalo Bills, but Glenn ended up sliding entirely out of the first-round. If the 49ers get another chance to draft the versatile lineman, they won't hesitate. Or a trade could be in the works to make it happen. 

Glenn excelled at both tackle and guard at Georgia. He's a big guy (6'5", 345 pounds) with long arms and surprising speed. 



OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State

A small-school prospect with an abundance of talent. Considered a first-rounder by many, Silatolu would be a second-day steal.  

He is the whole package at guard: size, strength, smarts, technique and athleticism. His stock has been on the rise after an impressive showing in Indianapolis—posted a 5.33 40-yard dash, a 32" vertical leap and lifted 28 repetitions of 225 pounds.


OG/T Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State

We're looking at Frank Gore's new best friend here—should the 49ers land him. Few lineman had as dominant a season as Osemele did in 2011. He consistently held his own against top competition and looks ready for the transition to the next level.

I view him as one of the better guard prospects in this entire draft. He's a powerful run-blocker, quick off the snap and can play anywhere on the line.

And we all know how much the 49ers prize versatility.