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49ers trade up, select Alabama's Reuben Foster at 31st overall

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11: Reuben Foster #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • The San Francisco 49ers traded up into the first round and selected Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster with the 31st pick of the NFL draft.
  • Foster’s overall grade of 93.9 led all linebackers in college football in 2016, while he also drew comparisons to former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.
  • The former Alabama linebacker is one of the few complete three-down linebackers that can defend the run, rush the passer, and drop back into coverage.
  • Foster was among the best run-stopping linebackers last season as he excelled at “sorting through the trash” and finding the ball carrier in traffic. Hence he led all linebackers with a run-stop percentage 16.3 percent.
  • His athletic ability and instincts were showcased nearly every time he dropped back into coverage to cover the middle of the field or run with tight ends in coverage; he was tied for the most pass breakups among linebackers with seven.

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