Question: Isaac Sopoaga has not quite panned out yet as a 3-4 nose tackle - thus we got one via free agency. And he's also height/weight-wise built along the same lines as Anthony Adams, who we let go. From being around him up close, is Sopoaga, in your opinion, athletic and strong enough to make the slide out to defensive end?
- Sammy Moore Jr., Sacramento
Answer: Size and strength are not Sopoaga's issues. If he's not the strongest guy on the 49ers, then he is a close second behind Bryant Young. The problem is that he is too strong for his own good. He has been able to get away with using brute strength and hasn't mastered technique, much to the 49ers' frustration. I'm not sure if he's quick enough to play end in a 3-4 scheme, but the 49ers likely will test him out there in the preseason. If he does begin to master the position, he will be a handful for opposing linemen.
- Matt Barrows