The San Francisco 49ers are just about finished for the 2013 NFL Draft. With the second of their three 7th round picks, the 49ers selected Iowa State offensive tackle Carter Bykowski. You know he's a bit under the radar when his NFL.com prospect profile bio is entirely based on his Pro Day workout. I can live with that:
At Iowa State's pro day, Bykowski ran the 40 in 5.31 and 5.46 seconds. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.72 seconds and did the three-cone drill in 7.85 seconds. He performed 25 strength lifts. Bykowski, who has 33 3/4-inch arms, opened his college career as a tight end and is capable of playing left tackle.
As a late seventh round pick, he is automatically a long-shot to make the roster. That being said, the 49ers do need competition for a backup tackle role. As it currently stands, the primary backup tackle is starting right guard Alex Boone. If Staley or Davis had to leave a game, Boone would swing over, and Daniel Kilgore or Joe Looney would be the guy replacing him. That is not an ideal situation by any stretch of the imagination.
Bykowski joins Joe Staley as another offensive lineman who started his career as a tight end. Whatever becomes of Bykowski, he is entering a great situation as far as having a strong offensive tackle to emulate.