When R2-D2 bleep-blopped the pick of Kentavius Street to the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, you could almost hear a unison of groans from the fanbase. Street was projected as a fourth or fifth round pick by some and a second rounder by others before tearing his ACL in a workout with the New York Giants, yet he was still taken within the same time frame.
So what gives? Well, according to Peter King, the 49ers weren’t the only team in the hunt for Street that day, but they were the only team to walk away with him. Both the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons were also interested. Them actually pulling the trigger is something that we’ll never know the answer to, but there was interest. So now the 49ers have a defensive end that won’t see the field for a year and we can only wonder what the possibilities are.
Gee, where have we seen this before?
Experience: Rookie season
Weight: 280 pounds
He is in year one of his four-year rookie deal. The deal includes a base salary of $480,000. He will spend the season on the Non-Football Injury list because of his college injury (anything prior to joining the team is “non-football”). The team technically does not have to pay him his salary, but in these kinds of instances, payment is worked out.
What to expect in 2018
Not much. Street tore his ACL in a private workout with the New York Giants. The tear almost ensures he will be out of action for all of 2018 and placed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) List. The chances of him hitting the field in any capacity given the timing of the injury are very slim. Instead, Street will be learning in the classroom and learning from the defensive playbook. Don’t expect him to put on a gameday uniform in 2018.
Odds of making the roster
Street won’t make the 53-man roster but will remain contractually bound to the 49ers via his injured status. Unless the 49ers decide to go in another direction at the last minute, Street will spend 2018 on the NFI list.