The San Francisco 49ers traded down in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and picked up an extra seventh round draft pick. They ended up selecting OT Trenton Brown at No. 244 overall.
Brown is an offensive lineman with great size at 6-8 and 355 pounds. General Manager point out his frame as a reason to draft him, but also his experience at multiple positions.
“He runs a 5.23 [40-yard dash and he] has 36-inch arms,” Baalke said. “There’s something to work there. It’s a big piece of clay right now. We got some work to do. But he’s played a lot of football at a high level of competition. He’s shown versatility. He’s shown the ability to learn multiple positions. With that, you got something to work with.”
Brown could be a guard or tackle if needed for the 49ers, but he would be better suited on the interior of the offensive line. His size and frame would be ideal for an offensive lineman, but his conditioning and athleticism would need work for the long run.
Right now, he would be a one dimensional run blocker at the NFL level, but it is only fitting for a seventh-round pick who is a project. He was also a former teammate of fellow draft pick Ian Silberman, where both were at Florida and the latter transferred to Boston College after graduation.
In 2015, Brown could impress coaches if he could learn quickly and has an outside shot at competing for the swing tackle role. Currently, veteran Erik Pears, who signed in free agency is penciled in as the sixth lineman to plug in.
Besides his fellow rookie in Silberman, Brown will compete with Andrew Tiller, Joe Looney, Chris Martin, Justin Renfrow and Dillon Farrell for a roster spot. If the 49ers like his size and want to keep him for the long term, he could make the team on the 53-man roster but remain inactive while not on the 46-man roster.
Teams could poach Brown if he were part of the final roster cuts, making his chances slimmer of making the 49ers practice squad if another team puts him on their 53-man roster. One big turnaround for Brown is that he has maintained his weight at around 350 pounds. He said it wasn’t easy to transition, but he will continue to work well in keeping the same size.
“I started the process right after, as soon as I signed with my agent Drew Rosenhaus,” Brown said in a conference call about losing weight. “In school, I didn’t really, I didn’t have the funds to really eat healthy so that was the reason my weight was so high. It fluctuated. But, now that I have the funds and the means of income to eat healthy, I can maintain a healthy playing weight.”