San Francisco 49ers Bolster Defense in NFL Draft
A member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Chris Liu is an experienced hospitalist and physician at Kaiser Permanente who earned his doctor of medicine (MD) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In his free time, Dr. Chris Liu enjoys attending San Francisco 49ers games with his wife.
After a disastrous 2–14 season in 2016, the 49ers entered the 2017 National Football League (NFL) draft with the second overall pick. Rather than drafting a player at that spot, the team’s rookie general manager, John Lynch, dealt the selection to the Chicago Bears in exchange for the third overall pick and three additional selections. San Francisco used the third overall pick to select Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, a 6-foot-3 defensive end who recorded 14 tackles for a loss, 8.5 quarterback sacks, and one forced fumble in 2016.
The 49ers then used its wealth of draft picks to move up and acquire a second first-round pick. San Francisco dealt picks №34 and 111 to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for pick №31, which it used to select linebacker Reuben Foster. In three seasons with the University of Alabama, Foster recorded a combined 23 tackles for a loss, seven quarterback sacks, and nine defended passes. Six of the team’s nine draft picks were defensive players.