Draft bios: 49ers’ Buckner, Garnett; Raiders’ Joseph


DeForest Buckner at a glance

Selected: Seventh overall

College: Oregon

Position: Defensive line

Height, weight: 6-7, 292

Matt Barrows’ take: The 49ers drafted a player, Arik Armstead, with virtually the same dimensions last year. But there’s a need for Buckner on the defensive line with injuries to both Glenn Dorsey (knee) and Ian Williams (ankle). Buckner and Armstead also complement each other – Armstead playing with power and Buckner with more finesse.

Quote: “He’s probably going to be in that 305 to 310 (-pound) range when all is said and done.” – 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

Joshua Garnett at a glance

Selected: 28th overall

College: Stanford

Position: Guard

Height, weight: 6-5, 321

Matt Barrows’ take: He played in a power-blocking system at Stanford, which speaks toward Chip Kelly’s desire to run the ball with the 49ers. Garnett won’t be handed a job but will be expected to start – likely at right guard – after the 49ers traded into the first round to get him.

Quote: “In our mind he was the best interior run-blocking lineman in the draft.” – Baalke


Karl Joseph at a glance

Selected: 14th

College: West Virginia

Position: Safety

Height, weight: 5-10, 205 pounds

Comment: Jimmy Durkin of the East Bay Times writes, “Joseph is considered a playmaker who is adept at playing the pass and the run and is a strong team leader, qualities that will be important after the retirement of Charles Woodson. Joseph, assuming full health, will have a chance to earn a role alongside free-agent signee Reggie Nelson at safety.”