The 49ers, who had not drafted a defensive linemen since 2009, have taken two in the last two days. The latest came in the fifth round with Alabama's Quinton Dial, who at 6-5, 318 pounds has the prototypical size to play defensive end in San Francisco's 3-4 scheme.
Dial, however, said he played all over the defensive line for the Crimson Tide and figures the 49ers will use him in multiple spots, including at nose tackle. "I'm a versatile defensive lineman that can play multiple positions," Dial said.
Dial also received plenty on unwanted attention following a vicious blindside hit on Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray following an interception in the SEC championship game.
"Well, the quarterback threw an interception and the guy that intercepted the ball was running down the sideline and the quarterback was running toward the play," Dial said. "So, I just threw a block and hit the quarterback, and everybody made a big deal about it. That was what I was taught to do, is take out anybody I can see. So, I saw the opportunity and took it."
Dial visited Santa Clara earlier this month, the only one of the team's picks so far who visited the team in the month before the draft. In the second round,. The 49ers took defensive lineman Tank Carradine out of Florida State. It's unknown when Carradine, who suffered an ACL tear Nov. 24, will be able to return to full practices.
-- Matt Barrows