The San Francisco 49ers used their fifth round compensatory pick on Ole Miss offensive Fahn Cooper. He is the second offensive lineman the 49ers have picked this round, and third in the draft. The 49ers hosted him on an official visit this month.
He joins guard Joshua Garnett and John Theus in a line that is quickly being rebuilt. It is safe to say the 49ers are not happy with the development of guys like Brandon Thomas, Marcus Martin, and plenty others. Cooper seems like a depth guy as opposed to starter. The 49ers clearly were not pleased with their OL depth last year. It is a bit odd they are avoiding skill positions, but Trent Baalke has always said it starts in the trenches.
NFL.com had this to say about him:
Cooper is one of the tough guys up front for the Rebels, and he has good size and length for the position, but he will be limited to run blocking in tight quarters and his lack of overall athleticism and body control could make him too leaky in pass protection to ever see the field as a starter.
1. First round: DeForest Buckner, DT, Oregon
2. First round: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford
3. Third round: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
4. Fourth round: Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
5. Fifth round: Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
6. Fifth round: John Theus, OT, Georgia
7. Fifth round: Fahn Cooper, OT, Ole Miss
8. Sixth round: Denver Broncos (Vernon Davis trade) - No. 32 (207)
9. Sixth round: Comp pick - No. 36 (211)
10. Sixth round: Comp pick - No. 38 (213)
11. Seventh: Kansas City Chiefs (2016 draft-day trade) - No. 28 (249)