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49ers: Do Big Bad Boys Provide Hope for the Future?

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 8:  Alex Boone #75 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the game against the Akron Zips at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 20-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
Gary MialocqContributor IJanuary 7, 2017

As many fans know, the draft is a crapshoot. Many projected stars never make it while gems are sometimes found in the far reaches of the draft. 

Dwight Clark, a 10th-round draft pick, comes immediately to mind. Without his miraculous Catch against Dallas, we may be looking back on a different history.

This season is no different, and the 49ers showed their willingness to take a shot at two young men with tremendous upsides, as well as some behavioral problems.


Alex Boone

The first is Alex Boone, a 6'8" 328 giant offensive tackle from Ohio State. 

He admits to having an alcohol problem since the age of eight and was arrested for DUI in 2006 (blood alcohol double the legal limit).  His recent arrest in Southern California, where he had to be tasered twice by police to subdue him, resulted in his being overlooked completely in this year's draft.

At Ohio State, Boone exhibited steady play, durability, and a willingness to work. He was a four-year starter who was named All-Big Ten the past two seasons.

Boone is ideally suited to play right tackle in the pros.

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