The 49ers went with a linebacker in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, tapping Arkansas’ Dre Greenlaw. He’s the third inside linebacker San Francisco added this offseason, joining Kwon Alexander and David Mayo.
Greenlaw, 21, was a four-year starter for the Razorbacks, finishing with 320 tackles, 13 for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions during his college career. He was a freshman All-American in 2015 and a team captain last fall.
Greenlaw (5-11, 237) doesn’t possess ideal size, but he’s considered an intelligent and tough defender who should fit in on special teams early in his career. He didn’t run at the combine, but posted a 4.73 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day.
Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have said they expect it to be difficult for late-round picks to make the team. Greenlaw will compete with Mayo and Elijah Lee for a spot on the 53-man roster behind starters Alexander and Fred Warner.