What a great draft night! We were able to weasel a few picks out of Chicago, we drafted a defensive lineman in the early part of the first round for the third straight year, and we were still able to close out the night by trading back into the first round and drafting Reuben Foster.
The trade with Chicago was orchestrated in part by none other than Paraag Marathe believe it or not. Thomas was not my first choice to be picked by us but he is nevertheless a great consolation prize. I am glad to have him on board.
Reuben Foster is a bit of a controversial pick with his diluted sample, NFL Combine mishap, and shoulder problems and I am sure his misgivings will be discussed quite often on Niners Nation over the next couple of weeks.
Some of my links below are redundant. I usually just post one article per topic but I wanted to make sure everyone had access to their favorite bloggers since this is the NFL draft. Anyway, onto the sizzling hot links:
49ers trade up for Alabama ILB Foster at No. 31 Eric Branch
John Lynch on KNBR: Solomon Thomas 'checked every box' David Bonilla
Report: Browns trying to trade for Kirk Cousins Chris Biderman
Watch 49ers defenders at their first minicamp Matt Barrows
Charting a path to the ideal first round for 49ers Nick Wagoner