The 49ers are hoping to add depth to their offensive line with Vanderbilt’s Justin Skule, a tackle selected with pick No. 183 overall in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL draft.
Skule (6-foor-4, 317 pounds) was a starter for more than three seasons along the Commodores’ offensive line, finishing his college career by making 40 consecutive starts. He moved to left tackle as a junior after starting his career on the right side.
Skule should compete with Shon Coleman to be the team’s primary backup “swing” tackle behind starters Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey. The team earlier this offseason parted with veteran reserve Garry Gilliam, who served as the backup tackle for 2017 and 2018 under coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.
Staley, who turns 35 in August, is unsigned beyond 2019, which could force the 49ers to find his eventual replacement soon. Skule was San Francisco’s fourth pick of the day, coming after punter Mitch Wishnowsky (Round 4), linebacker Dre Greenlaw (Round 5) and tight end Kaden Smith (Round 6).
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