49ers News: 3 Defensive Linemen The 49ers May Draft In The First Round

The San Francisco 49ers will likely address their need of a defensive lineman in the first round of the NFL draft, and there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are the three they are most likely to take with the 15th overall pick in the draft:


Season Stats: 74 tackles, 7.5 sacks

At 6'4", 267 lbs., Dupree has the size, strength, and speed that could make him a star in the NFL. He can move between outside linebacker and defensive end, making him valuable in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive scheme. His great hands and technical skills make him an extremely dangerous pass rusher, but he still needs to work on his coverage skills and rush discipline.


Season Stats: 53 tackles, 4.0 sacks

The 6'3", 320-pounder has anchored the Seminoles' offensive line for the past few seasons, forcing double teams and stopping the run. As a true junior, he hasn't declared for the draft yet, but he's projected to be a mid-first round pick. Goldman probably has the biggest upside of any lineman in the draft as he has the size, strength, and quickness to be disruptive in all phases of the game, but needs to improve on his consistency.


Season Stats: 93 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 9.0 sacks

Shelton was one of the key components of Washington's great defense this past season, and his strength should make him a force in the NFL for years to come. At 6'2", 322 lbs., he's tough to move, though he's still quick and nimble enough to make plays in the backfield. He still needs to improve on his pass rush, but his ability to stop the run have some scouts comparing him to Vince Wilfork.

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