With day two of the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, we take a look back at the moves made around the NFC West, continuing with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Niners started by adding depth to their rotation along the defensive line with the selection of Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, the draft’s 40th overall selection, listed as a defensive end out of Florida State University.
Carradine, who measures 6-foot-4, 273-pounds, started 12 games for the Seminoles in 2012, recording 80 total tackles and 11.0 sacks. But he tore his ACL late in the season, an injury that caused him to miss much of the pre-draft process.
San Francisco let defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois go in free agency, so the pick fills a need for the club.
To arrive at the edge-rusher Carradine, the 49ers dealt pick No. 34 to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for picks No. 40 (Carradine) and No. 216 (seventh-round), as well as a 2014 third-rounder.
With the 55th pick in the draft, the 49ers targeted tight end Vance McDonald out of Rice University. The 6-4, 268-pound McDonald fills another need for the Niners after tight end Delanie Walker signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency this offseason. McDonald was primarily used as a receiver out of the slot position while at Rice and seems to be an obvious replacement for the versatile Walker. The Niners traded up with the Green Bay Packers to select McDonald, so the tight end was clearly on the club’s radar.
The Niners closed the draft’s second day by adding Corey Lemonier out of Auburn. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, Lemonier will likely play outside linebacker in San Francisco’s defensive scheme, even though his draft profile has him listed as a defensive lineman.