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Is right tackle the 49ers fatal flaw?

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With Trent Brown returning, is that position one the 49ers need to zero-in on?

With the big free agency signings all but finished, the San Francisco 49ers can look to the draft and we can all try and pinpoint what their Achilles heel is. recently did a rundown of each team’s fatal flaw. For the 49ers, they listed it as right tackle.

The team is likely to have Trent Brown and Garry Gilliam listed at that spot on the depth chart headed into camp. More competition would be a welcome sight. San Francisco running backs averaged just 3.2 yards per carry when running to the right last year. Only the Lions checked in below that. The 49ers’ pass-protection issues also started on that side of the line, as their 109 pressures allowed were the fourth-most for any team’s right side. Having a sturdy player at RT will make life easier for the team’s new franchise quarterback, as well as big-money free-agent addition Jerick McKinnon.

Trent Brown has done a solid job at right tackle when healthy. When he’s off the field is when things start to unravel. In place of Brown, Zane Beadles has started at the position and hasn’t been very inspiring while doing so. Beadles started at right tackle for five games in 2017.

The right side of the line in general has taken a hit with the loss of Brandon Fusco in free agency. Fusco didn’t do anything earth shattering, but his sometimes inconsistent play was a result of the injuries around the line and less on his abilities.

There hasn’t been any word on Trent Brown’s extension and he’s approaching a contract year. Given what is displayed when he goes down with injury, perhaps the 49ers are wise to get some quality depth there.

Or there’s always Beadles.

Do you see right tackle as the “fatal flaw” for the 49ers?