Kyle’s update, 12:40 p.m. PT: On the media call with McKivitz, he told us he played one game at guard in 2018, and played guard during the Senior Bowl. That’s likely where McKivitz will play for San Francisco.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers have traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick. The 49ers save $3.3 million in cap space by trading Breida, which should help in retaining left tackle Trent Williams. With the selection, the 49ers have drafted West Virginia OT Colton McKivitz. Here is a great interview from Justin Melo on McKivitz.
McKivitz was 227 on PFF’s board. The redshirt senior is 6’6, 306 pounds. PFF gave McKivitz a pass blocking grade of 82.5 in 2019. He’s played both right and left tackle for the Mountaineers. PFF’s bottom line on McKivitz:
McKivitz deserves some credit for making the switch from right to left tackle and not seeing his performance dip. His play strength though didn’t improve, and it was the main thing we needed to see fixed in 2019. If an offensive tackle can’t drop anchor versus a bullrush, the word gets out and he’ll be getting bull-rushed every single play. So far in his career, McKivitz has shown no ability to consistently anchor versus even college defensive lineman. He has some things to like about his game, but that lack of play strength is a nonstarter.
What position will he play in the NFL?