The 49ers on Thursday selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick, the first time in the last six years they have used their top pick on an offensive player.
Why he makes sense: The 49ers invested heavily in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason and protecting that investment is priority No. 1 in the future. The team's starter at left tackle, Joe Staley, will be 34 in August while their right tackle, Trent Brown, isn't signed for next season and the 49ers are hesitant about signing him to a long-term deal.
Where he fits: McGlinchey played left tackle at Notre Dame and was a team captain there last season. Staley is safely in that spot for the 49ers. With Brown recovering from shoulder surgery this offseason, McGlinchey is likely to step in at that spot and perhaps compete with Brown when training camp begins in July. McGlinchey played two seasons at right tackle with the Fighting Irish before moving to the left side as a junior.