2011 NFL Draft: 49ers Trade Into Fifth Round, Select Guard Daniel Kilgore

The San Francisco 49ers made a move with some of their excess draft picks and climbed back into the end of the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In making the trade, the 49ers selected guard Daniel Kilgore out of Appalachian State. The 49ers have Mike Iupati and Chilo Rachal/Adam Snyder at their guard positions, but could certainly use some more help on one side versus the other.

The 49ers gave up a sixth (174th) and seventh (231st) pick to make the move up to select Kilgore. NFL Draft Scout had this to say about his 2010 season:

2010: Kilgore anchored an offensive front that surrendered only eight sacks in 13 games and helped lead the Mountaineers to top-10 national rankings in scoring (seventh - 34.3 ppg), rushing (eighth - 217.4 ypg) and total offense (10th - 430.9 ypg)    

Here is the Scouts Inc look at his ability in pass protection:

Powerful punch and can knock edge rushers off balance. Can absorb and reset working against bull rushers but vulnerable to push pull moves. Doesn't sink hips enough and leans into defenders. Flashes the ability to slide with defensive end once locked on but lacks ideal lateral mobility. Not fluid enough to recover when gets caught oversetting to the outside. Can lose balance when defender spins inside. Inconsistent cut blocker that gets caught diving at defender's feet.    

Here is there look at his abilty in the running game:

Quick enough to establish position and wall off assignment. Appears to have strong lower body and flashes the ability to drive defenders off the ball but inconsistent in this area and the reason is his technique. Plays too high and feet can go dead on contact. Can get caught leaning and either slide off block or hold. Engulfs linebackers and can put them on their backs but can also duck head at last second and whiff. Marginal range and not a great lead blocker.    

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