The San Francisco 49ers lost a defensive lineman on Thursday, with Kaleb Ramsey electing to call it a career. On Friday, they filled the roster spot with another defensive lineman, signing B.J. McBryde to a two-year contract. McBryde entered the NFL last season as an undrafted free agent. He spent a month on the Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster, and then another month and a half on the Green Bay Packers practice squad. The Packers signed him to a reserve/future contract after the season, and then waived him on July 25.
There’s not much in the way of scouting reports on McBryde. The big thing he has going for him is 35 1/8 inch arms. You know Trent Baalke likes that. I came across a couple feature articles on him, including this one from the Hartford Courant, and this one from the New Haven Register. You can also read more about him in his UConn bio. He is 24, and stands 6’5, 292 pounds. The size is incredibly impressive. As the 90th man on the roster, he is most likely competing for a practice squad spot at best for the time being.
Here is the 49ers press release info on McBryde:
McBryde (6-5, 292) originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2015 and was waived by the team on October 20, 2015. He was then signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad on November 17, 2015, where he spent the remainder of the season. McBryde signed a Reserve/Future contract with Green Bay on January 19, 2016 and was waived on July 25.
A 24-year-old native of Beaver Falls, PA, McBryde appeared in 30 games (eight starts) in four years at the University of Connecticut (2011-14), and registered 33 tackles and one pass defensed. As a senior in 2014, he played in all 12 games (eight starts) and finished with a career-high 26 tackles.