49ers continue to build their defense in NFL Draft
While many of the faces in this picture are gone, the 49ers are using the 2015 NFL Draft to replenish a much-depleted defense that has seen several players retire. Gone are the likes of Willis and Borland, but in come defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive end Eli Harold, and safety Jaquiski Tartt. The 49ers know that they need to improve their defense, and this year’s draft has done just that. Here are the selections from Day 2 of the NFL Draft:
Jaquiski Tartt–Safety (Samford)
Tartt is a player that can come in and start right away for the 49ers, and this defense needs to add players like that considering the horrid offseason that stripped this team of its heart and soul. He brings a fierce competitive attitude with him, and is willing to play through pain. The main weakness that Tartt has is that he tends to look in the backfield too long and can lose receivers in the post. Other than that, he is an aggressive tackler and can stop the run effectively.
Eli Harold–Defensive End (Virginia)
Like the Armstead pick, Eli Harold is a wild card in this year’s NFL Draft. He is ripped, but his muscular look can be deceiving, as he needs to add some weight to be able to handle offensive linemen in the NFL. There are some doubts from scouts that he will be able to do so, but the 49ers can use him on the outside and even possibly line him up at outside linebacker in some sets. Having seen Harold play, I really like this pick in the third round for the 49ers.
Day 1 Draft Grade: B
Day 2 Draft Grade: B+
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Dustin Brown covers the NFL for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.