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Niners draft Colton McKivitz | OT West Virginia

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Nice depth for oline pickup
Originally posted by Heroism:
Originally posted by 16to87:
But is he any good?

49ers drafted him in the fifth, which means he'll probably play at a Pro Bowl shortly.

Expecting him to move to OG for us. We already are three-deep at OT behind the starters with the promising Skule, Brunskill, and Shonn Coleman coming off of injury. We are in trouble on the IOL where Richburg is coming off injuries, Garland is the top IOL backup, and Brunskill is the assumed RG starter but needs more competition. Tom Compton doesn't figure to be that much of a threat.
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He's probably referring to his senior season. [Akash]
Originally posted by NYniner85:

When your draft profile accentuates how nasty you are, you've got my attention.
That's a rule for odd years.
Originally posted by 16to87:
Originally posted by Heroism:
Originally posted by 16to87:
But is he any good?

49ers drafted him in the fifth, which means he'll probably play at a Pro Bowl shortly.

I think this is was an excellent pick. I see him playing OG. In fact, I see him competing for the starting job at RG.

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14. COLTON MCKIVITZ | West Virginia 6061 | 306 lbs.

BACKGROUND: Colton McKivitz grew up the son of a coal miner in an avid outdoors family in Centerville (rural southeast Ohio), hunting deer and turkeys. Aside from hunting, his sport of choice was basketball, mostly due to his height. McKivitz didn't play organized football growing up and East Richland Christian, where he spent his freshman year of high school, didn't offer football. He transferred to Union Local for his sophomore year and that is where he played football for the first time. McKivitz was a three-year starter, playing on both sides of the ball at offensive tackle and defensive end. He earned all-conference honors each year and was named first-team all-state as a senior. McKivitz also earned all-state honors for basketball in 2014. A three-star offensive tackle recruit out of high school, McKivitz ranked as the No. 163 offensive tackle nationally and the No. 73 recruit in the state of Ohio. He received mostly MAC offers and originally verballed to Miami (Ohio) as a junior in high school. West Virginia became the lone program from a Power-5 school to offer him and he committed as a senior. McKivitz graduated with his degree in wildlife and fisheries (August 2019). He accepted his invitation to the 2020 Senior Bowl.

STRENGTHS: Adequate foot quickness mid-shuffle…natural hip/body coordination to leverage gaps and shield defenders from lanes…patient in his pass sets and trusts his vision, picking up and deciphering rushers…flexible hips to redirect vs. inside-out moves…agile feet to pull/trap…owns the upper body and grip strength to control defenders once he latches…communicates well with other linemen…described as "team-focused" who was still discovering his voice as a leader…experienced at both left and right tackle with reps inside at guard…durable and finished his career with 47 career starts, which ranks third-most in school history.

WEAKNESSES: Tall, but doesn't have ideal arm length for edge work…wind-up motion with his hands, hurting his timing and placement…hands are late to reset in the run game, negating his ability to move people…instincts and anticipation are still works in progress…not a great space athlete…inconsistent knee bend and his hips and pads rise too early in the rep…too often finds himself out of control at the second level…late adjusting to outside moves when lined up at tackle…only one career start inside at guard.

SUMMARY: A four-year starter at West Virginia, McKivitz lined up at left tackle as a senior in head coach Neal Brown's offense. He spent most of his collegiate career at right tackle with some inside work at guard before moving to the left side in 2019, sharing conference offensive lineman of the year honors with Oklahoma's Creed Humphrey. A basketball-first athlete most of his life, McKivitz has adequate feet and moves well laterally, but he doesn't show the same type of control in space and is vulnerable to outside moves. While his patience in his pass sets can be a strength, it also leads to him being late with his punch, especially vs. long-armed rushers. Overall, McKivitz has a workable skill set to push for playing time in the NFL (he is viewed as a tackle by some teams and a guard by others), but he must become more assertive and timely with his hand strike to hold up vs. NFL-level defensive linemen.
He's another guy that didn't start playing football until he was a high school sophomore. Also he's old enough to potentially start considering retirement after the end of his rookie contract. He'll be 24 in August.
I like this pick! Sounds like he could play some guard
Always good to beef up those lines.
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