San Francisco 49ers

Round 5: 49ers take two offensive tackles, one defensive lineman

Appalachian State defensive lineman Ronald Blair performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis.
Appalachian State defensive lineman Ronald Blair performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. AP

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers had fthree picks in the fifth round. They selected:

Pick 142: Ronald Blair, defensive end, Appalachian State

6-2, 284

Comment: Blair is the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year after finishing with 70 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 7 1/2 sacks last year. His sack total ranked second in the conference. He’s a bit short for a defensive lineman in a 3-4 scheme but projects to that position with the 49ers. His 32 bench-press repetitions of 225 pounds at the scouting combine were the second most for a defensive lineman.

Pick 145: John Theus, offensive tackle, Georgia.

6-6, 313

Comment: Theus seems to be similar to last year's seventh-round pick Trent Brown in that he's tall with long arms -- 34 1/2 inches -- and appears to be a late bloomer. He was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs and last year was voted a team captain. He's played on both the right and left side and could compete with Brown at right tackle this year or be a potential swing tackle for the 49ers. Theus said he visited with the 49ers in Santa Clara before the draft and feels he has the athleticism to play in a zone-blocking scheme like the 49ers will run. “I feel like it’s my strong point for sure,” Theus said of playing in space. “We did a lot of zone at Georgia. ... I feel like I fit in very well with their system.”

Pick 174: Fahn Cooper, offensive tackle, Mississippi

6-4, 303

Comment: The 49ers’ offensive line coach, Pat Flaherty, worked out Cooper -- as well as teammate Laremy Tunsil -- at Ole Miss’ pro day and Cooper also visited the 49ers in the run-up to the draft. He’s another SEC product with good size. He filled in at left tackle when Tunsil was suspended, then moved back to the right side. In that way, he’s another candidate to start on the right side or to function as a swing tackle. Like Theus, Cooper said he was well-versed in the zone-blocking concepts the 49ers will use this year. The fact that 49ers took two offensive tackles also suggests that the team is moving on from Anthony Davis, who wrote “Que sera, sera” on Twitter after Cooper was selected. *bonus note: Cooper celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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